SOURCE: Intelius

October 30, 2006 18:15 ET

Intelius Provides Bellevue Boys & Girls Club Employment and Volunteer Screening

Founder of the National Child Safety Foundation Praises Companies for Helping Ensure Children Enjoy a Safe Environment

BELLEVUE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 30, 2006 --Intelius, Inc., a company that empowers consumers and businesses with online information for intelligent decisions, today announced that it will provide free background checks to the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue. The Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue will purchase additional Intelius screening services as needed to further bolster its commitment to providing a safe place for kids to learn and play after school.

Effective immediately, the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue will use Intelius' Instant Nationwide Employment Checks to verify the identities and backgrounds of its job and volunteer applicants. The Nationwide Employment Check includes a sex offender registry check, a nationwide criminal check, address history, identity verification and more.

"Boys & Girls Club employees and volunteers are responsible for a variety of duties, including coaching sports activities, leading after school tutoring and mentoring, and serving as general instructors, referees and scorekeepers," explained Kathy Haggart, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue. "We must be absolutely sure that we are doing everything we can to prevent people who should not have access to our kids out of the Boys and Girls Club system. With Intelius' support, we are taking progressive steps to keep Boys and Girls Clubs safe places where parents can be confident that their kids are surrounded by positive role models who have their best interests at heart."

Jeff Powell, founder of the National Child Safety Foundation and vocal advocate of background checks for child safety, commended the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue for their proactive approach to screening.

"Too often, child care organizations are jolted to take a closer look at hiring policies only after a child's safety is compromised or they experience a close call," said Powell. "But increasingly, organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue are proactively screening volunteers and employees, and parents are insisting on that level of precaution. Intelius is dedicated to giving individuals and organizations the ability to make better decisions about the safety of our kids. Today, background checks are convenient, and more accurate and cost-effective than ever, leaving little excuse for child-centric organizations not to screen. Kudos to the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue for doing it right."

"Child safety is a core value for Intelius, and helping the Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue create the safest possible environment for kids is one way we can continue that commitment," said Edward Petersen, vice president of sales and marketing for Intelius. "Proactive screening by any organization that works with children, including childcare providers, youth groups and after school activity centers is a vital step to ensuring parents have peace of mind that their children are in good hands. The Boys & Girls Club of Bellevue is clearly committed to ensuring the safety and enrichment of the youth it serves."

About Intelius

Intelius is the leading information commerce company providing consumers and businesses with predictive intelligence to inform the decision-making process and solve real-world problems. In less than three years of business, Intelius has gained more than three million customers who use Intelius' information to protect their loved ones, businesses and assets. Intelius' services include background and criminal checks, people search, background monitoring and an award-winning identity theft prevention product, Intelius' IDWatch. Intelius is one of the top 100 commerce sites on the Internet. In 2005, Intelius' IDWatch was named the WSA's Consumer Product of the Year. In 2006, Intelius was named one of the Top Private Companies by Washington CEO Magazine and was listed amongst the top 15 Corporate Philanthropists by Puget Sound Business Journal. For more about Intelius products and services, visit http://www.intelius.com/. For more about Intelius' business, press and policies, visit http://www.intelius.com/corp.

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