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A number of you probably read the Chronicle story about the nanny who stole large amounts of money from a number of families who employed her. One of her vicims was a list subscriber. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/03/10/MNGCR5HRJH1.DTL Although this woman has now been arrested, I wanted to put out a reminder about the importance of background checks when hiring a nanny.
Trustline is a statewide nonprofit that does background checks on individual child care providers. When hiring a provider, it only takes a moment to call them at 800-822-8490 to find out if the nanny you're thinking of hiring has been cleared by them. If a provider is not on their list (many aren't), please consider going through the screening process. It costs $128 -- two days worth of childcare -- and can tell you whether the provider has a criminal record. It's the most thorough screening out there, since they can check state Department of Justice and FBI databases that private investigators and background check agencies don't have access to. Some subsidized child care programs cover the cost for low-income families.
Here's how it works:
This may seem excessive, but consider that one in nine applicants is denied clearance, and that Trustline was founded after a mother discovered that the nanny who had shaken a baby hard enough to blind her was back at work caring for children. Almost all childcare providers are loving and trustworthy, but this system exists to catch the ones who aren't. http://www.trustline.org
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