Ok, so I just ran a bunch of names by the Fairfax County liason for child care services to determine if the list of providers I was given had any complaints, violations etc. Nicest woman ever- extremely helpful! really cannot say enough about her. Unfortunately, one of the names of the providers was listed in their database as a state licensee and not a county permit holder. She nicely gave me the direct dial of the state liason I needed to speak with.
Now I'm pretty familiar with the search capabilities of the DSS website and couldn't find this provider. So I call the liason and had to pry info out of her. it went something like this:
Her- Are you familiar with our website?
Me- yes, I've used it any searched for the provider and zip code to no avail.
Her-you entered zip code?
Her- you searched by name?
Her- well then she doesn't hold a license.
Me- Would it be possible for you to look up her name to ensure I'm not doing something erroneous on my part?
Her - [sighs heavily] Fine. Name?
Me- I give name and addy.
Her- I have 6 of them.
Me- Well, do any match the name and addy I gave you?
Her - (5 minutes later.) No
Me- So if she isn't in your database and isn't in the Fairfax County database and is taking care of children is that a problem?
Her- Then she's operating illegally.
Me. (pause...waiting for some lightbulb to go off, like maybe they should look into it....pause)
Her- is that all?
Me- Yes, thanks.
Okie dokie. I was tempted to ask her if she ever worked for the DMV ... not a slam just an observation. Maybe I'm expecting too much to think that a DSS employee would care. Maybe I'm just pregnant and overly hormonal and sleep deprived from U2 concert.