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Childrens' orgs. now have access to sex offender background checks

Organizations like camps and after-school programs now have access to federal sex offender background checks.
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BUFFALO, NY - New federal legislation was just passed giving non-profit organizations for children access to the FBI sex offender database.

Previously, according to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, organizations like summer camps or little leagues that rely on volunteers, have only had access to the New York State criminal database.

"These groups are tasked with ensuring the safety of our children day in and day out and should never have any difficulty when it comes to accessing the FBI background checks they need to ensure dangerous predators are not allowed anywhere near our kids," said Schumer in a released statement.

He says an estimated 15 million+ adults around the country volunteer for education groups or youth programs, and until now, organizations could not screen those volunteers through the FBI database.

"Parents deserve the peace of mind knowing that their children are in good hands when they drop them of at camp and other afterschool programs," Schumer said.

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