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I've been a SAHM mostly for three years now. I just had my third child, and am also beginning to work again... very part-time and mostly at home but I will need to be away some part of the day.<br><br>
I've been fortunate to meet this really, really great young woman who is a nursing student and my son totally adores her.<br><br>
My question is--for those of you who have hired nannies outside of an agency--how do you do background checks? Are there any free ways to do background checks on-line are they reliable? She is a nursing student at my alma mater, so I can easily check this, but what have others done?<br><br>
Any advice, help will be greatly appriciated!
 

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I don't know about free ways but there are companies that will run a background check. All my sitters sign a release form and supply their ss# & drivers license #. I get a report on if they have a criminal record and accidents on record.
 

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A lot of checks you can do on your own w/ little help like driving, credit etc However to do a thorough check-background, criminal, etc while it can be done on your own is a huge PIA. As a private citizen you are entitled to certain aspects of public information but not all. You also need to get her to sign a release form. Your best bet is a reputable PI or agency. If you know a good, reputable lawyer I would start by asking them advice which is what I did.<br><br>
One link I had booked marked was a statewide list of plces to go to do criminal checks <a href="http://www.casanet.org/program-management/volunteer-manage/criminal-bkg-check.htm" target="_blank">http://www.casanet.org/program-manag...-bkg-check.htm</a><br><br>
good luck!
 

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I've always settled on a combo of intuition (not just mine: dh's, my dog's, friends we shared care with and hired nanny with), in depth reference checks (at least three people & list of standard questions), and close supervision while we develop a trusting relationship. I had the advantage for the first year of hiring sitters of a live in brother in law who loves ds fiercly, and would usually be around sleeping during care, but sitter knew he could come out of his room at any time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Check out Trustline - they are a company geared at background checks for nannies. It costs around $100 (last I checked). Some nannies may have already had a trustline check by another family - it is worth asking. Not sure if it is just in CA or everywhere though - I haven't heard a thing about it since I moved to VA.
 

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If you're going to do a background check, it's wise to have a consent form, just like any other employer would.<br><br>
I ______ consent to a background check as a condition of employment that may include, but is not limited to, a consumer credit report, driving record, and criminal history.<br><br>
_______________<br>
Babysitter<br><br>
Date __________<br><br>
Might not hurt to get it notarized JIC.
 

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I used this company when hiring a nanny: <a href="http://www.verificationsinc.com/" target="_blank">http://www.verificationsinc.com/</a>
 
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