(Closed) should I Watch this 4 month old baby I've never met???

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Honey bee

No. This sounds way too weird. I wouldn’t get involved.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

It sounds like you are not comfortable with this situation, so I would say no.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@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 # 11
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Helper bee

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@missrobots:  I agree with your assessment.  I would help the woman out.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

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.

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