Background Checks – Important for Foster Parent Placements

In America, there are over half a million children waiting to be placed into foster parents’ homes; not surprisingly, agencies that find and support would-be foster parents are constantly looking for people who are willing to open their residences to kids who need them.  But it’s important for prospective foster parents to realize that they should be background checked to ensure that they are a good match for this important role.


Unfortunately, we’ve all heard hair-raising stories about foster parents that make the foster care system sound as if it’s been overlooking background checks in a flurry to get anyone and everyone into the foster parenting role.  While this is certainly understandable on some level, it can have disastrous results, especially for the innocent children.


Of course, background checks alone are not guarantors of successful foster parents.  Those who pass background checks also must have a strong amount of commitment, patience and love to weather the storminess that comes with foster parenting territory.  They must also take courses such as CPR training, sit through special classes and undergo medical physicals that test for communicable diseases like TB.   


However, background checking can and will add more than a modicum of protection for the youngsters who are so often in American-based foster homes for 1-5 years


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Should You Background Check Your Nanny?

It’s not uncommon for babysitters and nannies to come highly recommended by people you trust.  So why would you consider background checking them, right?

Well, for one, if they have been doing anything untoward, their charges (aka, the little kids) might not know about it or be able to say anything.  Consider a nanny who is stealing loose money or jewelry from her employer during “naptime”… is that an act a child is likely to notice? 

Yes, it can be difficult to tell a prospective nanny or babysitter that you plan on putting them through a background check.  In fact, some of them might be insulted by the mere suggestion.  But if they have nothing to hide and you’re the one paying for the (affordably priced!) background screening, they should have nothing to fear.

Think of it this way — you wouldn’t trust your child or children to someone you KNEW was potentially going to be a negative influence on them.  So why wouldn’t you background check every person with access to your most precious loved ones?

Has Your Babysitter Been Background Checked?

If you’re like many working parents, you probably see back-to-school as a time when you need to start lining up a babysitter… or two.  After all, once the end of the year gets underway, it’s nice to have someone you trust to call upon! 

The problem is that many moms and dads equate “trust” with “going with gut instincts”.  Instead of thoroughly background checking someone who will be watching their youngsters, they go with one or more of the following criteria:

a.  Whether or not they “like” the babysitter.

b.  How much the babysitter charges.

c.  How available the babysitter is.

d.  Whether they are satisfied with the babysitter’s references.

While these are all great criteria, they aren’t fallible because they don’t answer the bigger question:  Does this babysitter have anything on his/her record that parents should know about?

Now, a 12-year-old babysitter probably isn’t going to have a criminal record, of course.  But a college student or other adult could indeed have a past that would make a parent not want him or her to be in charge of any kids.

The good news is that it’s not impossible to get a thorough background check on potential babysitters and nannies.   So don’t leave anything up to chance.  Get the best, most reliable ‘sitter you can find.

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