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Can Families with Special Needs Children Host Au Pairs?

Mar 17, 2008
Many families love the idea of fostering cultural exchange by hosting an au pair in their home. However some may wonder if they are eligible for the program if their children have special needs. They will be happy to know that numerous candidates have been successfully placed in homes with special needs children.

Addressing the Child's Needs
When a family approaches an au pair agency, it is important that they provide full information on their child's needs. This allows the agency to find the ideal candidate for the situation.

The search for an appropriate applicant may take longer that for families with typical children. The more involved the child's care is going to be, the more time it will take to find someone with the skill and experience to provide service.

Parents have to balance the child's needs against what they can reasonably expect from an au pair. For example, if a child communicates with sign language, it may be difficult to find the right person. Although there may be applicants who have worked with the deaf and know sign language, they may not know American Sign Language (ASL) as it is used very little outside of North America.

In this situation, parents would need to consider whether they wanted to wait for a candidate who knew ASL or choose someone who is willing to learn.

Au Pairs Are Not Childcare Experts
One of the most important things for parents to remember is that many candidates do not have childcare experience, particularly with special needs kids. However, most parents don't start out with any experience either!

In an au pair relationship, families don't get years of experience, but they do get a compassionate caregiver who is wants to open her heart to children and families. With patience and understanding on all sides, most families are very happy with the help their foreign guest can provide.

The Parents Are the Best Judges
The host family has the final say on the suitability of any candidate. The parents will be able to review the candidate's qualifications and background as well conducting an interview.

It's a good idea for parents to prepare a comprehensive list of questions to ask the candidate. They should review the duties and be sure the applicant understands what will be expected and is not hesitant about providing service. Full communication up front means no surprises later.

In many ways, placing au pairs with special needs kids isn't that different from placing them with any other family. All children have "special needs" of one kind or another and all families want to find the best caregiver that they can.
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Author is a freelance copywriter. For more information on Au Pairs, visit http://www.euraupair.com/.
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