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General Questions

What do the sponsoring organizations do?

Sponsoring organizations carry out the day-to-day operation of the Au Pair Program. They identify, screen, select, and match au pairs and host families. They ensure that background investigations, including criminal history checks, are performed on au pairs, and that host parents have adequate financial resources to participate in the program. The sponsoring organizations interview au pairs for spoken English proficiency and suitability to participate in the program. They also interview host parents to ensure spoken English fluency and suitability to deal with an international visitor. The sponsoring organizations provide au pairs with a detailed profile of the host family and community into which they will be placed, as well as the educational institutions available in the community. They ensure that au pairs have all the training required by the Department and must monitor the au pair/host family relationships throughout the year. These organizations must maintain monthly contact, through local and regional counselors, with au pairs and host families to ensure compliance with the program.

What do local and regional counselors do?

Local and regional counselors maintain ongoing contact with au pairs and host families. They are required to report to the sponsoring organization any unusual or serious situations or incidents involving au pairs or host families. Any incidents involving or alleging a crime of moral turpitude or violence are immediately to be relayed by the sponsoring organization to the Department.

Are there any checks on the sponsoring organizations?

Yes. Sponsoring organizations must annually submit to the Department copies of their advertisement and recruitment materials. They must submit summaries of the annual survey they conduct of host families and au pairs, all complaints received and their resolutions, and all situations that result in the placement of an au pair with more than one host family. Sponsoring organizations are audited annually to ensure compliance with the procedures and reporting requirements set forth in the Department's regulations.

What is the educational component of the Au Pair USA Program?

Au pairs are required to enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution for not less than six semester hours of academic credit or its equivalent.

What are the responsibilities of the American host family in assisting the au pair with the mandatory educational component?

As a condition for American families to host an exchange visitor under the Au Pair Program they must agree to:

  1. facilitate the enrollment and attendance in an American post-secondary educational institution;

  2. ensure that the au pair has adequate transportation to attend;

Any additional costs associated with acquiring the six academic credits are to be absorbed by the au pair.

Where do Au Pairs come from?

Because the Au Pair Program is worldwide, Au Pairs can be from any foreign country except those with which the U.S. does not have diplomatic relations.

What kind of training and experience is required to be an Au Pair?

Au Pairs must be proficient in spoken English and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Host parents are to interview prospective au pairs by telephone, before they leave their home, prior to accepting candidates as Au Pairs.

Before being placed with a host family, Au Pairs must receive at least 8 hours of child safety and 24 hours of child development training. At least 4 hours of the child safety training will be infant related and at least 4 hours of the child development training will be devoted to the care of children less than 2 years of age.

The child safety training, provided by qualified organizations, includes topics such as stress management, shaken baby syndrome, and CPR. Au pairs responsible for children under 2 years of age must have at least 200 hours of documented infant child care experience. Au pairs may not be placed with a family having a child less than three months of age unless a parent or other responsible adult is present in the home.

Au pairs will NOT have specialized training in nursing. They are NOT to provide child care services relating to the care and protection of infants and children performed by such trained personnel as registered or practical nurses.

What are au pairs entitled to?

Au pairs are entitled to a private bedroom, meals, a weekly wage that will increase if the minimum wage increases, one and one-half days off each week, a full weekend off each month, two weeks of paid vacation, and the first $500 toward the costs of required academic coursework.

What are host families entitled to?

Host families are entitled to a maximum of 10 hours a day/45 hours a week (10 hours a day/30 hours a week for participants) of child care, and they have the benefit of someone from another culture living in their home.

What responsibilities do both parties have?

Either a parent or responsible adult must be present in the home for the first three days that the au pair is with the host family, may include a weekend. The host family and au pair must attend at least one of their sponsoring organization's family day events during the au pair's stay. There must be a signed written agreement between the host family and the au pair outlining the obligations of both parties. In addition, the sponsoring organizations generally require the host family and the au pair to sign written agreements that outline the obligations of each party to the organization.

How long may an au pair stay with a family, and may the arrangement be extended?

Au Pairs may stay with their host families in the U.S. for one year. After that time they are expected to return to their home country. The Au Pair arrangement cannot be extended.

What if I have questions after the initial selection and match have been made, or what if a problem arises?

The sponsoring organizations have local and regional representatives who are available to help and counsel one or both parties of an Au Pair Program match. You can contact them or the sponsoring organization through which you entered the program.

What are my options if I am not happy with the arrangement?

Both the host family and the Au Pair have options if they are not happy with the au pair arrangement. Since the terms of these options may vary from one sponsoring organization to another, it is suggested that you check your contract with the sponsoring organization for specific information on cancellation conditions or talk with your sponsoring organization directly.

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