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Au Pair Host Family Obligations

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As a host family for an au pair, you must be prepared to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the United States State Department. An au pair will be able to work for you as long as she adheres to the rules and regulations set forth under the J-1 Visa requirements.

Things a host family must do

As an au pair host family, you are required to

  1. Provide a private room and three meals a day for the au pair.

  2. Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

  3. Be fluent in spoken English.

  4. Pay a weekly salary based on the program option from which you choose to hire the au pair.

  5. Provide the au pair with one weekend off every month, which includes Friday evening through Monday morning.

  6. Include the au pair as a member of your family, having her share in family meals, family events, leisure fun, and holidays.

  7. Facilitate the au pair’s educational requirement to enroll in and attend an accredited post-secondary institution.

  8. Be willing to pay up to $500 toward the cost of the au pair’s academic course work, which she must complete in the United States.

  9. Pay for a minimum of two weeks of vacation for each one year exchange term in addition to her monthly weekend off.

  10. Sign an agreement between you and the au pair that details the au pair’s obligation to provide child care prior to her placement.

  11. A parent or other responsible adult must remain in the home for at least the first three days after the au pair arrives.

  12. Interview the au pair by telephone prior to her leaving her home country.

Au Pair restrictions

Au pairs cannot be housed or placed

  • In a family where there is an infant less than three months old, unless a parent or other responsible adult is also in the home.

  • In families where there is a special needs child or children. This is waived when the au pair has prior, documented experience or specific skills and training of the specific special needs. The host family will need to review the prior skills and acknowledge in writing the training or skills are acceptable.

  • With families that have children under the age of two unless the au pair has a minimum of 200 hours of documented infant and child care experience.

  • In the homes of relatives of the host family. The au pair must stay in the host family's residence.

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    Credit: ©iStockphoto.com/kate_sept2004

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