Unapproved Babysitting is Illegal in the US

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Apparently, in Michigan, babysitting is considered daycare, and therefore requires state licensing and regulation.

After posting about illegal babysitting (childminding) in England, four people sent this recent article about a Michigan woman, Lisa Snyder, who incurred the wrath of the Department of Human Services for watching over her neighbor’s children for the short time period after they leave for work and before the bus comes. The crime? She didn’t have a license. The reaction from her state representative? He is ”drafting legislation that would exempt people who agree to care for non-dependent children from daycare rules as long as they’re not engaged in a business.” So he’s ‘easing’ the rules for the crime of babysitting.

Now watch this video where Matt Lauer looks into this on the Today show. He acts perplexed that such a thing can happen. While playing devil’s advocate, he inquires about the legal jeopardy of the babysitter’s home not having such regulatory requirements as “exit signs” (!!), etc. Also, note the reaction from the parents whose children are being cared for by Mrs. Snyder. They are aghast to find out that the state that they approve, elect, and consent to has turned into this gigantic, totalitarian busybody that threatens a woman with jail time for watching her neighbor’s kids.

Unsurprisingly, it was some slime snitch in the neighborhood who called the state to tattle on this horrifying, unauthorized babysitting.

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3 Responses to Unapproved Babysitting is Illegal in the US

  1. Shannon says:

    September 29th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Thank the busy-body, statist, “do-gooders” for making this a reality. Could americans be dumbed down any further?

  2. Chris says:

    September 29th, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Well, first we have this belief that licensing businesses somehow “protects the public”. The state is obviously protecting it’s turf, making sure it covers as many situations as possible, even something quite obviously outside the intent of the law. I suspect this could be taken to court successfully. I also suspect the State of Michigan would love to find a way of backing down gracefully. ‘Twill be interesting to see how it plays out.

  3. Dean says:

    September 30th, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Apparently it is illegal in the UK too – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8277378.stm

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