Every week or so throughout summer I called the direct pay unit to see what I needed to do, and they told me that I still hadn't been added to her file, so she needed to call them. I told her over and over to add me, and she always said "oh I'll do that today". Here is it, months later, and she still has not added me. I've called DHS, the direct pay unit, and care connections, and they all tell me I can't do anything about it until she adds me to her file.
I've texted her several times this week and called her and left messages, but she will not call me back. I'm sort of stuck in limbo right now. I didn't watch her kids because we needed the money, I was just trying to help out a friend. After watching and feeding her kids all summer, it would be nice to actually be paid for it!
I want to add that they were horrible about communication all summer. I was supposed to have then mon-thurs 8-5. They would constantly show up hours late without letting me know, or not show up at all, and on the weekends they would always ask me to watch the girls for them. I always had to remind her that I could not do the weekends.
I know now that I was just being used for a place to dump her kids.
What would you do in this situation? Should I just write it off, or pursue other ways to get my money? I don't know who else I can call or talk to about this, so if anyone has experience with state child care, who can I talk with?
I no longer watch the kids, I only watched them from the beginning of summer until school started back again.