Diocesan Safe Environment Coordinator

Secretary, Youth Protection and Catholic Human Services
Pamela J. Russo, L.S.W, M.S.
P.O. Box F
Allentown, PA 18105-1538
610-871-5200 ext. 2204

Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator

Ms. Wendy Krisak, MA, NCC, LPC

Direct telephone


Welcome to St. Joseph the Worker

Safe Environment

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at St. Joseph the Worker School and Parish.

Our safe environment office has worked very hard to streamline the process of obtaining your clearances.  If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office at lcastro@stjw.org. 


As staff and volunteers of the Diocese of Allentown, YOU are the first line of defense in the diocese’s commitment to keeping our children safe.


We thank you for your patience during this process.

To learn more about the Diocese of Allentown's Youth Protection Programs, Sexual Abuse Policy, and Code of Conduct, please visit www.allentowndiocese.org and click on "Youth Protection" in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

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Volunteer Clearance Information and Application Procedures

  • Please complete all of the necessary, safe environment paperwork. Follow steps #1 - 9 below. Please note that #9 is only necessary if applicable.

  • Diocesean compliance guidelines state that clearances should be submitted before the start of employment or volunteer service.

  • To effectively serve our volunteers, we ask that all safe environment paperwork is completed before it is submitted to our office.


Diocesan Requirement


State Requirement


FBI Fingerprinting

📌The Diocese will pay for a volunteer FBI fingerprint check. 

​​1. *Fill out and sign the Diocese of Allentown Background Check and Fingerprint Authorization Form.

2. To request an FBI fingerprint payment code, click here



Other Options:

📌An Individual can obtain their own FBI fingerprint check at their own cost ($22.60), by going to https://uenroll.identogo.com/ to schedule an appointment for the background check and then provide a copy of the FBI fingerprint unofficial results to the STJW safe environment office.


​The following are service codes needed to register for all current or prospective school employees/volunteers:


Volunteers-1KG6Y3 is the code for (PDE) Pennsylvania Department of Education  Cost $22.60  ​

Employment-1KG6TR is the code for (PDE) Pennsylvania Department of Education Educators/Staff.

                              1KG756 is the code for (DHS) Department of Health and Services-Parish Employees

For Employment, see below.

Diocesan Fingerprint Payment Code Reques

Recipients can scan the code on a phone or tablet to access the request form.




P.A. State Police Criminal Record Check 

Free and online. The time to complete the form is approximately 5-10 minutes, and the results are received within 24 hours. 

PA State Police Criminal Record Check (PA Access to Criminal History (PATCH) 



P.A. Child Abuse History Check

Free and online. The time to complete the form is approximately 15 minutes. The results come back within two days or up to seven days, provided you are as in-depth and detailed as possible. Failure to do so may delay the results. 

 PA Child Abuse History Clearance (less than five (5) years old)



Mandating Reporting Training

Free and online. This training takes 3 hours to complete and can be done in segments and on different days by simply saving your progress. 

 Mandated Reporting Training (less than five (5) years old)

Submit the certificate of completion to the safe environment office.



Diocesan Code of Conduct


Protecting God's Children Workshop

This workshop is approximately 2.5-3 hours.   Protecting God's Children Workshop Schedule



Diocese of Allentown Child Protective Services Law Policy

Read: Diocese of Allentown Child Protective Services Law Policy 


Sign and return: CPSL Acknowledgment Form.  *New Diocesan Policy effective 1/1/2018.


Motor Vehicle Report

ONLY IF DRIVING (less than five (5) years old).

  • If you have taken Defensive Driving or Safe Environment training in the past, you already have an account. CMG Connect-Catholic Mutual Group

  • Please call Lizbeth Castro, S.E. assistant coordinator,  for your username and password, or email cmgconnect@catholicmutual.org to obtain this information.  You will not need to set up a new account.

📄Helpful instructions

 Please submit the certificate.

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Prospective coaches will also need to complete the four additional requirements.

  1. Heads Up Concussion Training Certificate

  2. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Form

  3. CYO Code of Conduct Acknowledgement Form

  4. Coaches Clinic


STJW Parish Employees


Call the Safe Environment Office (610)395-4431

STJW School Employees


If you have any questions, please contact:

 Liz Castro, Safe Environment Coordinator Assistant

Phone:(610) 395-4431