June 11, 2018 Rates to Increase for Child Abuse Clearances Rates for the cost of child abuse clearances will increase next month. Beginning July 1, 2018, the cost of clearances will increase from $8 to $13. Fees for volunteers will still be waived once within a five-year period. In December 2014, individuals who require clearances expanded to include: volunteers, youth camp employees, coaches, youth mentors, Boy Scout and Girl Scout leaders, work study programs, internships, family-living home employees, and community-home employees for individuals with disabilities. In 2016, DHS received 951,414 child abuse clearance applications and identified 2,272 substantiated or alleged perpetrators of child abuse. For more information on clearance and background check requirements as required by the CPSL, please visit KeepKidsSafe.pa.gov.