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Old 03-12-2019, 08:59 AM
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A little back story first. I interviewed a mother and son duo. Mother has adult children and young children still in elm school. She needs after school care for her 8 year old until the end of the year but son who has a 2 year old needs every other week care. When I first spoke with them she said her son needed full time care for her grandson until we interviewed and it turned out that he didnít have any custody order in place yet but is trying to get his ducks in a row for a court hearing that was coming up but was hoping for at least 50/50. I said I can only accommodate and every other week schedule if I am paid every week to hold his spot. They were ok with that.... so a few days go by and I always send out a thank you message for interviewing and if they have any questions please donít hesitate to ask. No response.

Fast forward to this morning (a little over 2 weeks ago since I interviewed) grandma is at court with son and she said his attorney was requesting my license info, my homeowners insurance to prove I am covered, my tax id number and any other info to prove that I am a business. I said hereís my phone number (she contacted me through Facebook and called me through the messaging app) and have the attorney call me if he has questions but I am not comfortable sending this info via Facebook message. So my question is, isnít that a little overstepping on what I need to provide someone, especially someone who isnít even enrolled in my daycare? I donít know them and is this typical for an attorney to request this stuff in a custody hearing? I hadnít planned on enrolling since I havenít heard from them in over 2 weeks but Iím just confused by the phone call.
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Old 03-12-2019, 09:03 AM
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It could be for the purpose of child support or part of the custody agreement. It may be per mom's request and the judge is obliging. I would do as you said and verify with the attorney, but your license is public knowledge. Maybe direct them to where they can find that info online?
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It could be for the purpose of child support or part of the custody agreement. It may be per mom's request and the judge is obliging. I would do as you said and verify with the attorney, but your license is public knowledge. Maybe direct them to where they can find that info online?
Thatís a good idea. I was ok with the license part but I was just wondering why I needed to provide my tax info or homeowners insurance coverage.
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My guess is the parent needs to prove daycare verses just saying he has daycare lined up.

HOWEVER, I would not feel comfortable providing any of this info to someone that is not a client in the process of enrolling or already enrolled.

I would refer the parent to your licensor and have them verify with licensing that you are a legally operating child care program.
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"All of my public business info is available online at ____. Unfortunately, as your family is not enrolled in my daycare and I no longer have any available slots, I don't feel giving out my private insurance and tax information is in my best interests. Thank for your understanding. Good luck with your childcare search."

Sounds like they believe they are enrolled and may have your information worked into the parenting agreement, not judges orders. I'd recommend them going for *right of first refusal* and leaving childcare open to choice as needs change easier than parenting contracts.
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"All of my public business info is available online at ____. Unfortunately, as your family is not enrolled in my daycare and I no longer have any available slots, I don't feel giving out my private insurance and tax information is in my best interests. Thank for your understanding. Good luck with your childcare search."

Sounds like they believe they are enrolled and may have your information worked into the parenting agreement, not judges orders. I'd recommend them going for *right of first refusal* and leaving childcare open to choice as needs change easier than parenting contracts.
Excellent points!
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"All of my public business info is available online at ____. Unfortunately, as your family is not enrolled in my daycare and I no longer have any available slots, I don't feel giving out my private insurance and tax information is in my best interests. Thank for your understanding. Good luck with your childcare search."

Sounds like they believe they are enrolled and may have your information worked into the parenting agreement, not judges orders. I'd recommend them going for *right of first refusal* and leaving childcare open to choice as needs change easier than parenting contracts.
This is good to know. Iíve never went through a custody battle and Iíve never had anyone request info because of one so I was a little baffled by the phone call. Not to mention I hadnít heard from them in over 2 weeks and nothing was filled out nor a deposit given.
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I would go with catherders response.They didn't follow up ,enroll,or return your original thankyou.Nope not giving private info especially as they are not even enrolled.Run away was my first instinct.
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"All of my public business info is available online at ____. Unfortunately, as your family is not enrolled in my daycare and I no longer have any available slots, I don't feel giving out my private insurance and tax information is in my best interests. Thank for your understanding. Good luck with your childcare search."

Sounds like they believe they are enrolled and may have your information worked into the parenting agreement, not judges orders. I'd recommend them going for *right of first refusal* and leaving childcare open to choice as needs change easier than parenting contracts.
In 2011 I had a mom enroll her 3 month old baby then pull out less than 2 weeks later, as the boyfriend wanted to care for the babe on days off... 6 weeks down the line she contacted me expecting me to provide all info as she was in a custody/support battle and assumed she still had care here (she didn't, spot was filled when she pulled out). I essentially stated the above info as she was no longer a client & I was not giving my private info out just so she could win the battle. Her mom went ballistic on me for not agreeing to take infant back
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