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12 Ways to Find a Babysitter You Trust

Reader's Digest Logo By Erica Lamberg of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 12: Before you hire a person to come into your home and look after your children, you should conduct a background check, says Efrat Cohen, a licensed private investigator in Florida, New Jersey, and New York. 'When we do a background check on a babysitter we look for any criminal records, sexual assault incidents, any robbery, or kidnapping charges. We also look for any driving records in case the babysitter will have to drive the kids around,' Cohen says. 'All these factors are so important to know before trusting someone with your kids and letting them in your home.' (Here are <a href='http://www.rd.com/advice/parenting/what-babysitter-really-thinks/1'>20 things your babysitter secretly thinks about you</a>.)

Check the sitter's background

Before you hire a person to come into your home and look after your children, you should conduct a background check, says Efrat Cohen, a licensed private investigator in Florida, New Jersey, and New York. 'When we do a background check on a babysitter we look for any criminal records, sexual assault incidents, any robbery, or kidnapping charges. We also look for any driving records in case the babysitter will have to drive the kids around,' Cohen says. 'All these factors are so important to know before trusting someone with your kids and letting them in your home.' 
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