Babysitters are hard to find

01 February 2010


Ever have one of those moments where you want to get away to dinner alone but as you’re half dressed in your best outfit you hear the yelling’s of children and are brought back to the reality of “who’s going to watch them?” I am a huge supporter of duct tape and a closet but I know not many out there support that kind of a babysitter. It’s okay it’s not for everyone I admit. As parents it can be trying if not almost impossible to find the right person to watch our most beloved children let alone our fur-babies. A little gem flew across my screen the other day and it needs to be passed on:

Military Families Get Free Access to Caregiver Network
By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2010 – Military families now have free access to an online network of quality caregivers who can assist with everything from babysitting to dog walking.
Sittercity is the nation’s largest online source for local babysitters, nannies, elder care providers, dog walkers, housekeepers and tutors, and contains more than a million caregiver profiles, officials said. 

Military members and their families can activate their membership by going to http://www.sittercity.com/dod

The Sittercity Corporate Program, funded by the Defense Department, offers military families -- including active duty, Guard and Reserve -- with a paid membership to the site. 

“We believe that access to Sittercity’s nationwide network of quality care providers will be highly beneficial to our servicemembers and their families,” said Tommy T. Thomas, deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy. 

The paid membership enables military families entry to a custom-built Defense Department Web site portal where they can match up caregivers to their situation; gain instant access to caregiver profiles that include background checks, references and reviews; and find military-certified care providers as well as caregivers who are military-subsidized and authorized access to a military installation. 

The site will help meet the unique needs of military families as they face deployments, long hours at work and assignments to remote locations, Thomas said. 

“Because of the mobile nature of military life, trusted community resources are often difficult to identify and locate,” he acknowledged. “These online tools will help service and family members attain the best match between resource and need.” 

Thomas said servicemembers and their families can rest assured that they’re being provided with top-notch care. The site “links military family members with somebody that the Department of Defense says, ‘We’ve entrusted you to provide this service to our people,’” Thomas said. 
“If that military member is out on the front line knowing that the family back home has a sense of ease and comfort, life is good for everybody,” he added. 

While the membership is free, servicemembers will be responsible for the hiring and payment of caregivers, officials said. 

Military members and their families can activate their membership by going to http://www.sittercity.com/dod

6 Voices:

melodyofamom said...

Wow, that's awesome! It can also be really hard for military families to find sitters since they move around so much. My hubby and I used to be in the Air Force. We didn't have kids then, though.

Sarah Beth said...

Thanks for stopping by, Chelle - you and your family are so cute!

Tammy said...

Thanks for stopping by today. I have enjoyed chatting with you. I am now your newest follower! :) Chat with you soon...

PS...your kids are adorable!

The Dapper Darling said...

wow, thats wonderful!!

Thanks for stopping by on my sits day!!

Im so glad I could make you laugh! That is my goal! Just to make others laugh :)

"And so our stories go..." said...

Husband was in the military for 20. Love your blog.
Mary

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