The Ultimate Guide for Host Families in the USA
The availability of qualified childcare which is affordable can be challenging. However,the Au Pair program makes these services available while combined with cultural exchange.
With the help of our U.S Dept of States designated Au Pair partner agency; a Host Family can find their ideal Au Pair really fast on AupairFilipina.com. Our team, working together with our partner, will give you the assistance you need during the placement process and the whole time you will be a member of our program.
Do not forget that; for you to be a Host Family legally in the USA you need to register with a US government designated agency. This is the only way the Au Pair candidate can get the J-1 visa.
When you register as a Host Family for free you’ll be able to send standard messages only. However, when you have a premium membership you can send personalized messages to any Au Pair you like.
Benefits of Being A Host Family in the USA
There are several benefits of hosting an Au Pair from a foreign country. It is really adventurous to be living with someone that takes care of your children.
But most importantly, you will have:
-More experienced child care
-A new experience full of cultural exchange
-Reliable but also affordable live in care costing around $340 per week
-Guaranteed child care hours every week
-A flexible schedule that you can modify together
-Support from local agency
-Some help with household chores
Can You Be A Host Family in the USA?
As a Host Family, you not only have someone to take care of your children but also that person is part of your everyday life. This means that you’ll have to fulfill some points in order to qualify as a Host Family.
You have to:
-Have at least one child under the age of 18 years
-Have a room with a window for the child and daily meals
-Be capable of making a weekly payment of $195.75 as pocket money with no difficulty.
-Be able to pay up to $500 for the Au Pair’s educational course
-Accommodate the Au Pair for at least one year
-Be permanent legal residents in the USA
-Bespeaking English in your home
-Understand that the Au Pair is not allowed to work more than 45hours per
week (babysitting included)
-Give the Au Pair at least one weekend off in a month and 1,5 days off a week
-Provide at least 2 weeks of paid vacation for each year term
-Provide health insurance and automobile coverage
Do you fulfill the requirements above?
What about your chosen candidate? Does he/she fulfill the program requirements?
Make sure they do for you to be matched.
It is clear that we are the best. We have been providing a way for Au Pairs and Host Families to meet for many years. We have our U.S Dept of States designated Au Pair partner and together we offer the following benefits:
-Access to our program’s Au Pairs.
-Affordable and reliable live-in childcare
-Assistance in the placement of Au Pairs from experienced professionals
-A magical cultural experience
We will support you throughout the whole placement process.
How Do You Host an Au Pair In The USA?
In order to get the J-1 visa and be legal in USA, an Au Pair has to fulfill certain
requirements. You should check if your soon to be family member meets the following requirements:
- His or her age ranges between 18 and 26 years old.
- She/He speaks basic English and understands it.
- She/He is not married.
- Your candidate doesn’t have children.
- The candidate is in good health, does not smoke and isn’t prone to severe illnesses.
- She/He is coming for a one-year stay.
- She/He has a child care experience of at least 200hours in the past 2 years
- Is an experienced driver and possesses a driver’s license.
- She/He has a clear criminal record
- She/He has never been under psychological treatment in the past.
It is still important to discuss these points with the candidate.
The Steps of Becoming A Host Family in the USA
- Register and create a profile on AupairFilipina.com
Navigating our website to register and create a profile is so simple and first. Sometimes you may have someone you know whom you want to be an Au Pair. You can invite them to create a profile.
- Find your Au Pair
You can find an Au Pair on our site by searching by your criteria.
- Get to talk to your candidates
You will want to know your candidates better and so you can contact Au Pair so you can arrange an interview on Skype. This is the best way to get to know your candidates on the personal level. This way you can filter your list and narrow it down to one candidate. You will need to ask the candidate about the important issues you may need them to know. This is where you get to be sure if they can deliver what you need. After being satisfied with your choice, you’ll contact the agency to let them know whom you want. Once you have identified your perfect match we will take care of the documents that are needed for the placement process. We will also arrange the Au Pair’s flight and proceed to help you sign the documents.
4. We do the rest Sign the agreement the details regarding the cooperation of you and the Au Pair are written in the contract. You’ll need to sign it because the Au Pair needs the documents to be able to apply for the J-1 visa.
5. Prepare yourself and your house
Are you totally ready to meet your need family member? Well, it is special and needs to be ultimately prepared in advance. Talking with the family members and most importantly the kids are the first thing to do. They should be aware of the new changes coming to the family so they can make the Au Pair feel comfortable.
Welcome your new family member and enjoy the experience!