Agencies Take on Misleading Advertising by Unlicensed Caregivers - Articles

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Posted by: Jarod Word on Jun 11, 2019

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS), Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery and the Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA) are collaborating to address misleading advertising by unlicensed child care operations, the Cleveland Daily Banner reports. These providers can use websites to peddle services — sometimes deceptively describing an operation as licensed — with the onus on the parents to determine whether the provider is in fact legit. After an industry-wide investigation by TDHS, DCA and the AG's office, it was ascertained that the current model for care referral websites is inadequate and the agencies have asked one major player, Care.com, to assist in vetting providers. Regarding the move, Slatery said “We have reached out to Care.com, Inc., to seek their help addressing the growing problem of child injuries and fatalities at child care facilities that falsely claim to be state licensed … Care.com has responded with a willingness to work with us to confront this issue.”