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August 26, 2014

Study Suggests Arizona More Lenient on Potential Sex Offenders

An alarming new study indicates that the crime of soliciting sex from a minor in Arizona carries a shorter sentence than other serious offenses. A study conducted by the anti-sex trafficking group Shared Hope International and Arizona State University is raising some important questions about existing legislation. Soliciting sex to minors in Arizona is a […]

 

 

Accidents at Unlicensed Child Day Care Facilities

Most states, including Arizona, require day care providers to be licensed by the state. A.R.S. § 36-897.09 and A.R.S. § 36-886 requires that any individual providing child care for more than 4 children at a time must be licensed with the Bureau of Child Care Licensing.

Allowing children to be placed with unlicensed child care providers presents significant risks to the child. Unlicensed providers may have conducted inadequate criminal background checks. Further, unlicensed providers have no ratio requirements to limit the amount of children per adult supervisors. Too many children per adult decreases the effectiveness of supervision. First Aid and CPR are also required training by all licensed care providers while unlicensed providers may or may not have received training. Additionally, unlicensed daycare providers usually do not have liability insurance. Liability insurance is essential to allow recovery for injuries to children that happen at daycare. A facility that lacks insurance may not have the resources to pay for an injury to a child, thus rendering them judgment proof even if a successful claim can be brought proven against them.

You can check to see if a day care provider is licensed by visiting AZcarecheck.com. Keep in mind that the licensure requirements do not apply for the homes of parents or relatives, daycare in conjunction with religious services, and many other school related programs.

If a child is injured in an unlicensed facility it is important to report the facility by filing a complaint with the state. Although unlicensed providers may be less expensive than licensed providers in some circumstances, the safety risks can significantly outweigh the benefits.

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