Post # 1
so long story somewhat short i just got a call from my friend and the first words out of her mouth are “my co-worker just inherited a 4 month old baby” i was like “what?!?!” (FYI i have a 2 year old terror of a little girl lol and im a SAHM) well this co worker i have never met wants me to watch her 4 month old niece who is currently in the custody of CPS its just kind of awkward for me? she said she would be willing to pay me and all and its not really that much trouble but does anyone else find this weird? only because she has never met me!!! thoughts???
Post # 3
No way would I do that under those circumstances. CPS is involved? That sounds like it might be a little shady. Just say no until/unless you find out a lot more details about why CPS is involved.
Post # 4
No. This sounds way too weird. I wouldn’t get involved.
Post # 5
Sounds like your co-worker said “I know somebody you can trust….” I imagine she doesn’t have anybody lined up since she literally just took custody of this poor child.
Since you know you, and know you would do a good job caring for this child, I’d go ahead and do the woman a favor and watch that poor kid.
Post # 6
It sounds like you are not comfortable with this situation, so I would say no.
Post # 7
I wouldn’t.Especially if CPS is involved. They will want to meet with you at some point to be sure you are a fit babysitter etc. I wouldn’t want toget involved :/
Post # 8
It does seem a little weird, but not becasue she’s never met you. I’m a nanny and babysit as well, and I can assure you if people have heard good things; they will call you regardless of whether they know you or not.
It is weird, however, that CPS is involved. It could be something simple, and if it is I say go for it!
Post # 9
@missrobots: You could be right. Hmmmmm.
OP: Find out more details about what’s going on with regard to CPS being involved and be sure to verify the facts.
I love babies, I’d probably do it, lol. But, still, be cautious because you never know what the deal is with these kinds of things. Depends a lot on the circumstances. Make sure the Mom isn’t Casey Anthony or something.
Post # 10
see I couldn’t exactly pinpoint my exact reason why I felt uncomfortable but i do think it is because CPS is involved i feel so bad for this baby and I really want to help (regardless of whether she can pay me or not) but I don’t know if somehow this child’s Bio mom / dad find out that I’m taking care of this baby and then my own child is at risk if they decide to go crazy… I think I might need more info from this women before making a firm decision
Post # 11
No, absolutely NOT! I commend you for wanting to help this child (I would feel the same way) but this sounds like a tricky situation of which you may not have all the details (and the details you do have are third person). You do not want to involve CPS in your home, your life, or your childrens’ lives. And, like you pointed out, you have no idea why the girl was taken from her parents. There very likely could be shady business involved, and if the parents find out that you’re watching their child, they could deicde to knock on your door. Very scary!
Offer to help out in other ways if you’d like – groceries, diapers, etc – but I wouldn’t advise babysitting.
Post # 12
I would find out more details first about what is going on before you decide. Obviouslly your friend thinks you are a trusteworthy caregiver, but I also wouldn’t go into this blind. However I also don’t think you should just turn it down without finding something out. CPS isn’t the devil, there are around to protect kids and families not make everyone’s life hell. So there is most likely a good reason they are involved and that your friends co-worker may need some help with childcare.
Post # 13
@missrobots:I agree with you.
My friend was looking for a baby sitter and I told her I knew somoene she could trust and she went for it. I would never recommend someone whom I didnt trust so she must think really highly of you. It is hard when you have to work and dont know who you can leave your children with. It is really stressful.
Post # 14
@missrobots: I agree with your assessment. I would help the woman out.
Post # 15
I don’t even SEE a problem here. I mean a friend of yours recommened you to a friend of hers. Isn’t that how things work?
I think it could be nice…you’d be helping her out and clearly this baby needs to be going back and forth between loving hands as oppose to a daycare with multiple kids. It’s a 4 month old:(
Post # 16
i would find out a little more of what the situation is with CPS.
sounds like this child was removed by CPS from the parents’ custody and put into the care of a relative for whatever reason. you did say this co-worked just inherited a 4 month old. is this a permanent placement for this child??
my initial instinct would be yes but dig a bit deeper to find out what the situation is. you don’t want the baby’s parents knocking on your door when the child is in your care. it could be dangerous, especially with your child home.