Background Screening for Employees and Volunteers

Children’s Safety… our priority.

“Through training for adults and children, as well as background screening for employees and volunteers who work closely with minors, Adventist Risk Management’s Child Protection Plan equips local leaders to make the church a safe place, says ARM Vice President and Chief Risk Management Officer Arthur Blinci.

“It’s part of our mission to help protect the ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” says Blinci, citing Children’s Ministries, Youth Ministries, Pathfinders and Adventurers as a “core component” of that mission. “Faith-based communities have a moral, ethical and legal responsibility to protect children from harm when they’re in our care,” he says.

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“Adventist Screening Verification offers background checks of the highest quality and accuracy. We use proprietary technology and a set of unique criminal locators to find more criminal records at America’s county and state courthouses and to deliver the most accurate information available about your volunteers.

We are expanding the breadth and depth of the background checks that have typically been offered to volunteer programs. Our screening process goes far beyond the stale, instant database background checks and incomplete searches of other providers. And, with our optional identity validation product, we are closing gaps that exist in even extremely robust volunteer screening programs.”


“The process of recruiting, screening, and training staff is fast becoming a critical area of safety. I expect that those who serve in children’s ministry must be Christians who are growing in their relationship with Jesus. Beyond the spiritual maturity of these people, though, the church is also required to do all it can to run background checks and protect the children from abusive adults. The church may be accused of being negligent if no policies exist for the screening and training of people who work with children.”


Will the training element still be included in the background check process?

Yes! Not only are we having the training portion of it, but we will be able to customize it as a denomination should we feel that other elements need to be included.

Will the training and process be offered in Spanish?

Yes, and it will also be offered in French and Portuguese.

Learn More

Good touch/Bad touch Resources

Teens Working With Children

Church Shootings- Safety

Starting Your Child Protection Plan - English

Starting Your Child Protection Plan - Spanish

Appropriate Touch Guidelines - English

Appropriate Touch Guidelines - Spanish


Step 1: Go to and click on the first-time registrant button.

Step 2: Select the Union and Conference where you work or volunteer.

Step 3: Create a user ID and a password you can easily remember. It's recommended to use your email address for your user name.

Step 4: Please provide the information requested on the screen. (Note: Do not click the back button or your registration will be lost).

Step 5: Select your primary location where you work or volunteer and click continue. If you work or volunteer in another location, please select "Yes" and then select the location.

Step 6: Select your role(s) within the organization (multiple may be selected).

Step 7: Click on the green circle to begin the online training.

Step 8: Please read the instructions regarding the details of the online training and then proceed. Select "Click Here" to begin the online training (Note: Training can take up to one hour).

Step 9: Upon completion of your online training, you will be instructed to complete your background check. Please complete the steps within the background check process (Note: The background check will only take 5-10 minutes).

Step 10: If you are a volunteer,  you will be directed to complete the Verified Volunteers Background Check by clicking on "Complete the Verified Volunteers Background Check." Verified Volunteers will require you as a volunteer to claim your account using three pieces of information--email address, home zip code, and date of birth. You will then be redirected to the Verified Volunteers platform to confirm the details required for the background check. (Please be sure to enter your full legal name.)

Step 11: Review and complete the consent form.

Step 12: Confirm the information is correct and click submit. Once the background check has been successfully processed you will be notified via email.