We need a 20/20 investigation into sitting services!!

Discussion in 'disABILITIES!' started by D L and K's Mom, Apr 2, 2001.

  1. D L and K's Mom

    D L and K's Mom <font color=blue>D, L and now baby Kennedy's mom!<

    Mar 17, 2001
    I am getting so many conflicting reports on baby-sitting services . I checked out one service...begins with a F and then a G and was told all have CPR and have backround checks etc. I checked another service and was told the same thing but was told that they were the only ones that were insured (aside from Disney sitting Clubs). I then checked out a third and was given even more conflicting reports!! How can we check?? Besides having an undercover investigation done is there a way to check and see if they are telling the truth or just telling a parent "What they want to hear"? I am very angered by this :mad: ANyone have any ideas on how to check the validity on the info we are given???? I am sorry if I am being overly paranoid my son is a special needs child and does not communicate so he can't tell me anything so I am a little.....ok a lot over protective!!!! :rolleyes: I thought I was all set with this but now I am even more concerned. I would take him to the Disney CLub sitting service but they will not take him because of diapers, and some of his other special needs. Sorry to babble on and complain, just wondering if anyone has any great ideas as to how to check...Thanks <IMG SRC="/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif" alt="confused">
  2. Puffy2

    Puffy2 DIS Veteran

    Feb 28, 2000
    I met an FG sitter at the contemporary one evening - she was taking the child to the play ground and I was taking mine. She seemed nice and was older - said most of their sitters were older. I know this is only one opinion but I hope it helps.

  3. teri

    teri DIS Veteran

    Aug 22, 1999
    My goodness, you really are stressing out over this! Maybe you would be better off not getting a sitter if it is going to cause you so much stress... I am serious. This is supposed to be a vacation, a break, and you don't need to add stress, you need to pare it away. I hope you can find a good solution to this!

    We were beyond happy with our Fairy Godmothers sitter. We were happy with the Kids Club folks as well. WDW has their own emergency response team right onsite. I felt quite satisfied that our 2 special needs kids were in good hands.

    There must be an agency that does the license checking. If anyone has an idea of how to conatct them, please let us know

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    [This message was edited by teri on 04-02-01 at 11:08 PM.]
  4. SueM in MN

    SueM in MN combining the teacups with a roller coaster Moderator

    Aug 23, 1999
    I know what you mean. My DD is non-verbal, but she can communicate - she once signed to me that a day care provider was a "turkey" because he treated her like a baby and she wanted me to tell him.
    You could try the Better Business Bureau for that area to see if they have any complaints about the services you are considering. I don't know about Florida, but in Minnesota and Wisconsin, places like that would be licensed thru the Department of Health and Human Services. Perhaps the BBB could give you some other ways to check.
    Seriously though, if it stresses you too much, you should probably consider teri's advice and not having a babysitter. You are the only one who can decide how much stress a night out is worth. .

    SueM in MN
    Co-Moderator of disABILITIES

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