Parents may soon have a way to know whether their children’s summer camp workers have undergone criminal background screenings as required by state law.
Under a proposed rule being crafted by the Department of Children and Families, summer camps in Florida would be required to post information about their camps in an online database. But to get on the list, camps first would have to prove they have completed background checks for workers and volunteers.
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Post investigative reporter Michael LaForgia spent six months finding that predators, other violent criminals and even the severely mentally ill have taken advantage of the fact that Florida doesn’t have any way of ensuring that summer camps are screening employees. His three-day series was published in 2012.
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To check a camp: Go to www.myflorida.com/childcare, and click on “View camp listings” link.
To comment on the new rule, suggestions must be emailed by close of business, May 31 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions about summers camps and background screenings are at: