In the News: Michigan Mom is State-Ordered to Stop Babysitting Kids

By: Tiffani Haynes

Photo courtesy of Associated Press

Photo courtesy of Associated Press

This time the saying, “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished,” just might be true. An Irving Township mom was ordered by the State of Michigan to stop watching her neighbors’ children.

Lisa Snyder thought she was helping out the neighborhood by watching a few kids during the morning before the local school bus came. Yet, the State of Michigan saw it differently.

According to the Associated Press, “Snyder received a letter from the Michigan Department of Human Services warning her that if she continued, she’d be violating a law aimed at the operators of unlicensed day care centers.”

The state law she was violating was one that ordered that people caring for unrelated children more than four weeks in a calendar year must attain a daycare license.

After receiving the letter, Snyder, who was “freaked out,” called her husband and then the mothers of the three children she’d been watching.  

There has been discussion of state legislators exempting situations like Snyder’s and others. That way, neighbors like Snyder will still be able to help out friends without fear of legal woes.


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