Trusting a child with a stranger is one of the hardest things for a parent to do. The nightly news often features stories on nannies caught abusing children on camera. Whitney and Chris decided to move forward with hiring a friend from Facebook. Everything seemed fine until their young daughter’s behavior started to change.
Welcoming A Brand New Baby Girl
In 2011, Whitney and Chris Matney welcomed a brand new baby girl into their family. Raylee was born a healthy child full of love from her new parents. Now that the baby was born, Whitney wanted to finish law school.
Finding A Friend
It’s difficult for any parent to trust a stranger with a child. But it’s nearly impossible not to rely on childcare while working and going to school full time. Her diligent search for a caregiver led her to post the position on Facebook. She received a reply from a familiar face.
A Prospective Candidate
Whitney received a message from a former classmate Melissa Medema. Since she knew the mother, Melissa was moved to the top of the list of possible candidates. The two women met to discuss the job and determine whether or not it was a good fit.
The Experts Weigh In
Experts agree that searching for a nanny is difficult and tedious. In an interview with ABC News, expert Susan Tokayer says, “You really can’t do too much to confirm that you’re hiring the right person. You need to do a diligent background check and digital digging.”