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Care.com Launches New Offering to Help Families Find Special Needs Care

December 16, 2008

Site Provides Resources to Find Care for Children and Adults who have Special Needs

Waltham, MA—December 16, 2008—Care.com (http://www.care.com/), the premier source of trustworthy family care options, today announced the addition of caregiving for children and adults who have special needs to its current offering. The new service provides families in search of special needs care and respite care with a convenient way to find qualified caregivers in their area.

With Care.com’s special needs offering, families of children or adults who have special needs can find caregivers that meet their specific requirements. Care.com features detailed caregiver profiles that outline experience level and availability; services provided—such as feeding, bathing, and transportation—helping families to find the right match for their unique needs. Additionally, profiles outline conditions that the caregiver is experienced in supporting, such as: autism, Down syndrome, developmental disorder and other physical, mental and behavioral conditions.

“Since launching Care.com, we have frequently heard from families of children and adults who have special needs about the challenges of finding qualified caregivers” said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder and CEO of Care.com. “Our mission is help address the specific needs of families out there like Care.com customer Lisa Savage’s family.”

“I am so excited about this new addition to Care.com,” said Savage. “I am a parent of a ten year old child with special needs. Countless times I have thought that there must be someone somewhere with not only the heart and experience of a childcare provider for our family of three children but also that has the added experience to make this a real terrific situation for the whole family. I think that this is an area of growing need. Thank you for expanding your service.”

Special needs and respite caregivers can post a profile at Care.com to look for jobs and find families in their area in need of care. In addition, Care.com features expert guidance for both caregivers and families in need of care on finding the right type of caregiver.

Care.com helps families to find babysitters, nannies, pet sitters, caregivers, housekeepers and tutors through a national network of trusted caregivers. All caregiver profiles are reviewed by experienced moms, and members can run background checks, listen to recorded references and view caregiver ratings. These aspects of the service provide users an added layer of confidence and security when making important decisions regarding family care needs.

For more information on how to find special needs care using Care.com, visit http://www.care.com/.

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