Au pair organizations in the United States

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An au pair organization is an agency which complies with 22 C.F.R. 62.31 (which deals with foreign relations—specifically, au pairs.) This program allows foreign nationals between the ages of 18 and 26 to live with a host American family for one year, with a one-year extension permitted. To comply with the regulations, most au pair organizations hire a local coordinator. Au pair organizations must follow guidelines set forth by the United States Department of State, which include:

  • Limiting the participation of foreign nationals in the program to one year (unless legally extended)
  • Requiring that all officers, employees, agents, and volunteers be adequately trained and supervised
  • Requiring that the au pair is placed with a host family within a one-hour drive of the local organizational representative authorized to act on the sponsor's behalf
  • Requiring that each local organizational representative maintain a monthly record of all personal contacts with each au pair and host family for which he or she is responsible
  • Requiring that all local representatives contact au pair participants and host families twice monthly for the first two months after placement
  • Requiring that local representatives not be responsible for more than 15 families if not employed full-time
  • Requiring that each local representative provide adequate support services
  • Provide the au pair with child-development and child-safety instruction

Host family requirements[edit]

To qualify as a host family, the following requirements mandated by the State Department must be met:

  • A parent or other responsible adult must remain home for the first three days after the au pair's arrival
  • Child must be at least three months of age, unless a parent or other responsible adult is present
  • There must be a written agreement between the au pair and the host family limiting hours worked to 10 hours per day and 30 hours (if in the EduCare program) or 45 hours (otherwise) per week
  • Au pair must be provided with a suitable private bedroom
  • Host family must interview the au pair by telephone prior to departure from his or her country
  • Host family must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
  • Host parents must be fluent in English

Au pair agencies[edit]

These are the 15 agencies designated by the State Department to administer the au pair program, although two have the same address:[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Exchange Coordination and Designation database query. Retrieved December 13, 2013

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