THIS is what is wrong with this country. This woman watches three unrelated children along with her own for the 15 to 45 minutes they would otherwise be alone before the bus comes. Neighbor helping neighbor, right? Not according to their social services which has served a cease and desist order to her accusing her of running an unlawful day care (three or more unrelated children) even though she is not paid for this kind act. When she asked what the children should do if it's raining or snowing the social services told her that the parents should get them an umbrella!! And when asked what would happen if a neighbor watched three unrelated children (I think that means to the caregiver not just to each other, so it could be three sibling of another family) while their mom went to the grocery store they were told that that would be providing day care, too. I realize that there would be some situations that would call for reporting something like this, but really. What will this do to others who help each other out in this way? These people are from a nice middle class neighborhood (meaning they can probably afford care in the morning, but who wants to send their child for that short of time and who would come to care for a child in the home for that short of time), but what about all those kids in the inner city? They want to force them to pay for child care they can not afford instead of letting a well-respected neighbor watch their children for a short period of time? I can understand turning someone in in a situation that seemed dangerous, but this looks like an early morning play date, which just happened to help the other families and the children. I hope they figure out which neighbor it is and ban her from all neighborhood functions. Some have speculated it's really someone involved in a day care business (who else would even realize that this was "illegal") who wants to drum up business for their own day care. I recently posted on the Polanski thread that I do think it's a good idea to spend all that money because knowing that after all these years he still had to do his time could deter other celebrities from doing the same, from thinking they are above the law. But, this one... Stop the neighborhood mom from watching friends a few minutes in the morning and hey, just give the kids an umbrella and send them outside! That's a good way to end up with an abducted child, particularly now that it's been in the news. Do these social service workers even have children? I'm just really fired up about this issue. This kind of thing just makes me so mad!! :furious: Link to story: http://www.freep.com/article/200909...oman-faces-fines-for-watching-neighbor-s-kids Also, their is a legislator now involved who wants legislation to change this law for a situation when no money is being paid. I agree. The issue should be only that there is a potentially dangerous situation (e.g. kids running amuk and into the street) not that it's neighbor helping neighbor. As he said, it takes a village. ETA: http://www.mlive.com/news/kzgazette/index.ssf?/base/news-35/1254025207205180.xml&coll=7 This article indicates that it's just two other children (5 and 7, not even infants) than her own. So, I guess your own children are included in the three or more rule. Crazy!! I would totally have a play date with two other children with my son. I can't believe that's illegal in that state.