An Omaha couple have opened a SeekingSitters franchise serving metro-area Omaha and Lincoln.
The service connects parents with babysitters 18 and over who have passed a background check. Parents pay a service or membership fee plus an hourly rate. SeekingSitters also provides sitters for corporate events and churches. The service handles scheduling and parents can pay online.
Annette Shukry and her husband Mo Shukry, chief of pediatric cardiac anesthesiology at Children's Hospital and Medical Center, started the business after moving to Omaha from Oklahoma City. They had used the service there to find sitters for their own two children.
SeekingSitters was started in 2004 by a private investigator. It now has 100 locations in 27 states.
As part of its grand opening, the local franchise will donate $15 to Children's Hospital for each new member registered through March 31, along with $1 for every hour of sitting services billed.