CARE.COM LAUNCHES ENHANCED BACKGROUND CHECK PROGRAM
Waltham, MA-October 21, 2009-Today Care.com (http://www.care.com/), the premier source of trustworthy care options for families, announced it has added options to its caregiver screening and security features, enhancing safety for its members. Families using Care.com can now run enhanced background checks on care providers, giving members more information and even greater peace of mind when hiring local caregivers.
"Care.com already had the most effective safety features in place of any online service families use to find local caregivers," said Donna Levin, Care.com Co-Founder and newly appointed Vice President of Member Care and Safety. "Providing a safe environment for the families and care providers who use our service has always been our top priority. Adding the option to run enhanced background checks gives our members an additional level of screening that helps them confidently hire caregivers they can trust."
Since its inception, Care.com has allowed Premium Members to run standard background checks on an unlimited number of care providers as a free service included with the users' subscription plans. These background checks include national searches of criminal database records and sex offender registries.
With the addition of the enhanced background check feature, Care.com now gives members the option to request in-person searches of federal and county courthouse records in all jurisdictions where a care provider has resided during the previous seven years. This search is available for an additional fee and provides families with a more in-depth look at the publicly available legal histories of the caregivers they are considering hiring.
"By complementing our national criminal database search with an in-person county and federal court records check, we've given our members additional solutions for safety-screening care providers," said Levin. "Combining background checks with effective interviews and reference checks, Care.com users can make informed decisions with full knowledge about the people they hire to care for their loved ones."
From its launch in 2007, Care.com has been an online safety leader giving families looking for care a secure, user-friendly experience. The website is the only service of its kind to employ a team of moms who work to review all care provider profiles and job posts before publishing them online. Caregiver profiles on Care.com also include employer references and member reviews, providing families with extra layers of confidence and security when they make important decisions regarding their care needs.
Care.com helps families to easily find babysitters , nannies, special needs care , senior home care , pet sitters, tutors and housekeepers through a national network of trusted care providers. Families in need of quality caregivers can search by ZIP code, service and pay rate to find care providers in their area.
Founded in 2006, Care.com is the largest and fastest growing service used by families to find high-quality caregivers, providing a trusted place to easily connect, share caregiving experiences and get advice. The company addresses the unique lifecycle of care needs that each family goes through-child care, special needs care, tutoring and lessons, senior care, pet care, housekeeping and more. The service helps families find and select the best care possible based on detailed profiles, background checks and references for hundreds of thousands of mom-reviewed providers who seek to share their services. Through its Care.com for Recruiters service, Care.com also enables companies to find high-quality caregiving employees.
For more information, visit http://www.care.com/.