Au Pair in America — the first program sponsor designated by the U.S. Department of State
It was February 1986 when the Department of State granted us a "test program" and we sent 200 au pairs from around Western Europe to work in America that summer. The au pair program was a great success and in 1994 President Clinton decided to make the program permanent. Au Pair in America was the first and original program sponsor and now, almost 30 years later, we have sent an estimated 90,000 young people as au pairs to America.
The only legal way to be an au pair in the USA is through a designated sponsor like Au Pair in America. As a legal sponsor our cultural exchange program is U.S Department of State regulated and subject to strict guidelines, which are there to ensure everyone has a safe and quality experience.
Our responsibility as an organization is to adhere to these strict guidelines and rules regarding au pair and host family screening and support and enforce them for your benefit and protection.
Our cultural exchange program has guidelines that all program participants and au pair agencies are required to follow, which are designed to protect the interests of both au pairs and host families. It is Au Pair in America's responsibility to enforce these rules to ensure a quality experience for you and your host family. We also submit reports and documentation to the U.S. State Department to support our program's high quality standards on a regular basis.