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June 13th, 2011, 01:18 AM
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Craigslist has always been the site that has come through for me, but there are so many strange people to weed through. Where do you search when you're looking for sitters? It has been my experience that there is a high turn-around rate with special needs sitters. Have you found this to be true?
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June 13th, 2011, 07:28 AM
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I mostly use my mom, sister, and a Nanny friend of mine. She was 3 credits short of a degree working with special needs children from birth to three years. She is now on a different career path but still does special needs sitting. She reccomended sittercity to me. I was looking for a full time nanny so I didn't like it much but there were several on there that would be good (at least in my area) for babysitting.

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June 13th, 2011, 05:15 PM
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First of all...Welcome to JM! Glad you're here. Hope you like it. I'm Anna. I have 4 girls, Meagan (15), Abbey (almost 13), Kayla (8) and Ellie (5). Ellie has cp.

I don't use sitters. On the rare occasions when I have to leave Ellie I leave her with family or her godmother who also happens to be a nurse.

I've heard great things about care.com though. A friend of mine has used it a few times and found a regular sitter she loves. Her kids don't have special needs but the website will let you search specifically for special needs providers.

Good luck!

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June 13th, 2011, 05:54 PM
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we havent had a turn around problem, and since we're military family isn't an option. We dont leave her often. With her therapy and school schedule we couldn't' if we wanted to.

Sittercity.com - we have an account there and they do background checks and many SN qualified sitters apply on there. We also use a home health service called "mother's helper". I thought that they were only for all day situations, but they've really helped us with hourly issues. (3 hour min)

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June 14th, 2011, 04:46 PM
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we have never gone outside of close family or friends. No family around here excpet my SIL but... we just don't leave the girls often. I should say I don't leave them often lol.
If I was in need though I would go to my youth director and church probably

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