Graff-Radell said TLC lets registered users submit jobs and then the company connects them for a fee with one of its sitters, all of whom have minimum credentials like CPR certification, and have undergone fingerprinting and background checks. Families can also request sitters they’re familiar with.
“I have to take responsibility for everyone I send out, so it’s safer to use a service like mine than really to hire the high school kid two blocks away,” she said.
That commitment, a bio they received about TLC employee Rincon, and a phone conversation the night before was enough to make Jodi Gallant, her husband and their friends visiting with their boys from California feel comfortable. Rincon said she works at a day care at Florida International University, where she’s studying early childhood education.
“She called me and wanted to know what the boys were interested in, and she brought her own coloring books. Most babysitters never do that,” said Gallant as Rincon got to know her kids. “I just instantly felt a good feeling.”
Then Rincon brought out the goody bag and Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. And with the boys distracted by the story of how Pete stepped in a pile of strawberries, the parents quietly headed to Miami Beach.
“We don’t want to make too big a deal of it,” said Drake and Roman’s mom, Shawn Forbes. Outside, with her arms to the sky, she shouted: “Date night!”
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