To whom it may concern:
I recently became aware that a local child care center with a seemingly great reputation is owned and operated by a woman married to a registered sex offender who frequents the center and fundraising events. I feel this puts the children of the center and the community at risk since his crime WAS against a child. Spouses of convicted sex offenders should be unable to own or operated either an in home center because the sex offender lives in the home in which the children will be attending. Center based daycares or child care facilities run by the spouse of registered or convicted sex offender should be required by law to give full disclosure if their spouse will be frequenting the center EVER, if the registered sex offender stays off the property of the child care center, and the directer is willing to sign a statement for the safety of the children verifying this then a spouse of the registered sex offender, under close observation from the local DHS could operate a child care center. FULL DISCLOSURE should be given by the daycare to all parents who enroll their children that the spouse of the owner/operator is a registered sex offender regardless.
By withholding this information the owner deprives the parent of their RIGHT and POWER to make an informed decision about who their children are around. It is unethical and irresponisble to let this continue. When researching this I found the state has no laws in place to protect children from people married to registered sex offenders. We have to put laws in place that not only protect the children but the parents by forcing full disclosure to parents at child care centers and prohibiting home based centers to be run by spouses of sex offenders.
At the very least the laws should be amended to treat daycares with the same restrictions as they do public schools where Registered Sex Offenders are concerned, they must not live, work or loiter within 1,000 feet.
Please consider our views and enact legislation to protect children from a potentially life shattering experience.
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