Thousands of crimes against children occur within the walls of churches and youth centers in the U.S. every year. Congregations must be diligent and exercise care in the screening and selection of employees and volunteers. The first step is to collect important information from prospective workers (paid and unpaid) during the application process. The second step involves background checks. For over 30 years, Barada Associates in Rushville, Indiana has been a leader in background check and pre-employment screening services. The firm works with religious organizations to tailor solutions to each client’s unique needs. Services may include verification of personal records (contact information, address history, social security number, and employment and education records); checks related to criminal history, civil judgment and court records; drug and alcohol testing; and reference checking. Once an account has been established, services can be ordered through a user-friendly, web-based system that searches billions of records. Completed orders are retrieved online or delivered via email, usually within 24 hours. The service may be used by all types of congregations to run background screenings on children’s ministry workers, camp counselors, bus drivers, and other volunteers, as well as staff.
Reviewed by Sandra Herron