In June 2011, the US Department of State designated ProAuPair with the first and only dedicated Special Needs Live-In Child Care Au Pair Agency Program in the US allowing parents to hire European educated Special Needs Professionals. These women and man are looking to add to their experience a year or two of working and living with special needs children and their families in the United States.
Because of the underlying cultural exchange philosophy vs. a pure employment program, families can engage flexible & affordable special needs child care with the skills, qualifications, and attitude your family needs at very affordable rates. The minimum commitment and visa for a participant is 12 months and can be extended with the same or a different family for 6, 9, or 12 months.
That’s why, with your needs in mind, we have developed a program that makes finding, selecting, and matching with the perfect special needs candidate easy and enjoyable for you. Watch (3min) how our Host Parents feel about their special needs AuPairs:
ProAuPair’s Special Needs Au Pair (SNAP℠) Program features Professional Au Pair candidates with at least two years of full-time professional experience with special needs children and/or a degree in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Special Education, or other special needs focused degrees from their home country. These educations in Europe are typically 2-4 years and include both academic study and clinical experience in OT practices, special education institutions, preschools, and/or kindergartens. ProAuPair’s SNAP℠ Au Pairs want to be matched with a family with special needs so that they use their specialized experience & education in a dedicated environment, while experiencing a cultural exchange as an Au Pair in the U.S.
If one or more of your children have conditions such as Epilepsy, Autism, Aspergers, Down Syndrome, ADD, ADHD, Epilepsy, or other conditions requiring special attention then this program is for you.
The Department of State does not define “special needs” and makes clear that host families, and not Au Pair sponsors, must identity their child’s special needs and must make the selection of an Au Pair based on their evaluation of the Au Pair’s skills, education, or training. An Au Pair is not to replace needed health care of other special care or education providers (therapists, teaches, etc.).
Please start your application HERE and schedule a call with us to discuss you needs.
We hope you will find this experience as rewarding as our many host families with special needs children.
Founder & President
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