February 15, 2011 / 5:47 PM / 7 years ago

NY investigative agency screens bankers, nannies

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Parents who love their children as much as protecting their millions can now hire an investigative service normally reserved for checking out highly paid bankers to screen potential nannies.

New York-based NannyTrack is an offshoot of BackTrack Reports, a firm that vets fund managers, executives and bankers.

"Is a nanny truthful? Is she responsible?" asked Leah Clarkson, who founded NannyTrack along with Casey Drucker.

Companies that provide nannies have long used private investigators to make quick checks on driving and banking records before recommending them.

But NannyTrack is trying to set itself apart by working for the parents who provide a list of potential nannies they want scrutinized.

For $555, NannyTrack investigators will call up references, check records and deliver a report within two weeks.

"Even if someone worked at McDonald's in Puerto Rico in 2008, we're going to try to track down that verification information," Drucker explained.

Young mothers themselves, Drucker and Clarkson started NannyTrack last month after they couldn't help but look into the backgrounds of their own nannies.

"We used what we knew to research our own nannies," said Clarkson.

"I don't think it would ever have occurred to us to not do that when we were hiring someone. But we understand that we're not investigating financial executives, and that this is about people who are going to work with your children," she added.

NannyTrack declined to share any specific nanny information and would not provide any names of their customers.

So far, they've only done "a handful" of checks, according to Drucker.

The information parents require about a potential nanny varies. Sex offender registries are thoroughly checked, but then information can be more tailored.

"For me, my nanny search, it was really important that their driving records were clean because I require my nanny to drive. She takes my older son to and from preschool. She takes my infant son with her," Drucker said.

Reporting by Basil Katz; Editing by Patricia Reaney

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