Valley Mother Lobbies for Childcare Change after Losing Infant

Elly Lafkin lost her 12-week-old daughter last May while the infant was in the hands of an unlicensed daycare provider. Full Story
Concerned Parent

Newington, CT

#1 Apr 9, 2013
Very brave young couple fighting for what's important!
RandomThoughts

Waynesboro, VA

#2 Apr 9, 2013
It's unrealistic to believe the Mother and Father want MORE LAWS and cost because they made a STUPID decision to hand their child off to a stranger. Let me guess , they seen no other children dropping off a 12 week old ,or all of a sudden think one person cannot provide care for all those kids they seen …....... after they suffered a tragedy of this kind.

What was the COD for this baby ?

What would these laws change ?

This looks like parents trying to heal their pain with LAWS LAWS LAWS.
Anita

Staunton, VA

#3 Apr 9, 2013
I was a childcare provider. I ran an unlicensed daycare home, I however registered with Social Service, and because of that was required to have a criminal background check, and a welfare background check done to ensure I was not a felon, or a child abuser, I was required to take and pass child and adult cpr as well as first aid classed offered by the red cross. I had to maintain at least 4 hours of training classes and was limited to how many children I could keep at a time. I would never allow my grandchild to be in an unregistered home, but I know there are lots and lots of them out there and parents are doing the best they can, paying for what they can afford, daycare is so expensive that some parents work to pay for daycare, and hopefully have enough left to pay some bills as for Random Thoughts, we more laws governing who can watch children, we need more accessible background checks, ones parents can afford to have run, It will not matter if there are a 1000 new laws written it will not heal these parent's pain, nothing is every going to heal that, they will live with it the rest of there lives. I am so very sorry for there loss and pray daily they will learn to live a new normal and praise them for taking time to try to save another family from losing a child.
Dude

Bumpass, VA

#4 Apr 9, 2013
RandomThoughts wrote:
It's unrealistic to believe the Mother and Father want MORE LAWS and cost because they made a STUPID decision to hand their child off to a stranger. Let me guess , they seen no other children dropping off a 12 week old ,or all of a sudden think one person cannot provide care for all those kids they seen …....... after they suffered a tragedy of this kind.
What was the COD for this baby ?
What would these laws change ?
This looks like parents trying to heal their pain with LAWS LAWS LAWS.
In today's world, where 90% of the population's average income adjusted for inflation is less than it was 30 years ago. It is because of that, often, if they can find work, both adults in families, do. Was it a "stupid decision" or was it an effort to increase their standard of living, something that hopefully everyone does? Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a single bread winner in today's economy.

I agree, that often when an instance occurs we simply clamor for more laws, not taking into account the repercussions. It is not necessarily more laws that are needed but laws that are more clearly defined, or make more sense. In most cases I will defend people’s right to individual actions, but when it comes to juveniles, it is just to make every effort to protect them. It is because of that there is gray in the law between state and parent.
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#5 Apr 9, 2013
Tough call but 3 mo? Kind of young to be handing off to someone elses care.

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