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Insurance Question from Middleburg, FL

Asked on 03/09/2012

Do I need to purchase addtional insurance if regularly babysit my friend’s child in my home? I am a stay-at-home mother of 2 and I am considering babysitting my friend's infant in my home when she goes back to work. She will be paying me a small amount for my services. Do I need to purchase any insurance other than my regular homeowner's policy? I am wondering if it would be worth it.

Answer given on March 13, 2012

While each state, and each insurance company is different in their requirements for insurance while taking care of other children, generally if you are only caring for one child other than your own, then no special insurance should be required.Contact your insurance agent and tell them you are going to care for one child in your home and that you will be paid. It is possible there is a monetary limitation, but you need to be sure of what all is required before proceeding with the job. You should also see if there are any requirements for licensing if you are caring for a child.Even if there is no special requirement for insurance for caring for someone else’s child, be aware that the insurance policy you carry will not cover you for some specific acts, such as physical abuse or sexual abuse. Make sure you understand the limitations of your insurance policy.


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