Saturday, November 16, 2013

Child Day Care Facilities Must Be Monitored with the Highest of Standards


In many families, the decision for one parent to stay at home with the children at all times is not feasible. Instead, for those leading single parent homes and two-parent homes in which both incomes are necessary and/or both choose to work, selecting a child care center is one of the most important and emotional decisions to be made.

I am a parent to two girls so I am very aware that parents want their children to be nurtured and safe and happy. You want your son or daughter to be watched by someone you can trust and who will do everything possible to keep your child from harm. So with disturbing stories like the one recently coming out of Pearland, Texas, parents understandably can wonder about the facility that cares for their own kids. 

Tad Jeremy Costin has been criminally charged with four counts of aggravated assault of a child following an investigation into child pornography by Liberty County authorities. Sadly, there are hundreds of computer images of Costin engaged in sexual acts with young children, so police believe more charges will follow. And there is now the newly released detail that Costin’s ex-girlfriend, Julia Lack, who has also recently been charged, ran an in-home overnight babysitting service, leaving people to wonder if Costin used this home as a place to commit his crimes. Investigators are asking anyone who may have used this day care to come forward as the search for more victims continues.

If you run a day care service, you want your establishment to be above reproach. You hire professionals with excellent credentials and references. You create rooms that are welcoming and safe. Still, parents may need more before they feel good about leaving their precious kids with you. And they deserve that. No mother or father ever should have to receive a phone call stating that their child may have been abused while in the care of others.

You want to make sure that your day care’s license is solid. If there are any questions about your legal standing in the community, we can help. If there have been any complaints made about one of your employees or your facility in general, you need to take these seriously. We will be by your side through the entire process. Bertolino LLP has attorneys who specialize in issues surrounding licensure of various professionals, including day care workers. Please call our Austin, Houston or San Antonio office today if you think we may be of service to you.

 

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