Apex PROaupair is a boutique Care Professional agency dedicated to matching American host families with experienced professional au pairs. Our unique programs ensure that families can find the right experience to match their needs, whether they have a new baby, multiples, a toddler or a child with special needs and have a wonderful cultural exchange experience in the safety of their home. Founded in 2008, Apex PROaupair is designated by the U.S. Department of State and is the only au pair agency specializing in live-in professional childcare.

Susan Asay, our founder and CEO, started Apex PROaupair after she had her first child. Originally from Germany, but a long-time resident of California, Susan learned first hand the challenges that American working parents face looking for quality childcare.

Read more about Susan’s story below.

Founder's Letter


Dear Host Family,

As a working mother with two children, a demanding career and no local family support, I personally understand the challenges that families face looking for high quality childcare. Not only is it time consuming, it’s also a very difficult and emotional process to navigate alone.

In 2005, after the birth of my first child, Klaus, I struggled to find childcare that fit my family’s needs. I knew I needed live-in childcare and I wanted to have German culture and language for my Children but was disenchanted with the available nanny and au pair options. After extensive research I decided to start recruiting my own international childcare providers from Germany. Not only were my children safe, loved, and well cared for, my international live-in nannies who became my professional au pairs gave me the peace of mind that allowed me to go back to work without worry. My children are now bilingual and many our amazing professional au pairs are still part of the family and come to visit frequently. This experience formed my desire to create Apex PROaupair and help other parents like me.

At Apex PROaupair, I am personally involved with the recruitment of our child care professionals. Unlike other au pair agencies, Apex PROaupair sources its candidates directly through our office in Dresden, Germany allowing us to meet our applicants personally and ensure they meet our incredibly high standards and pass our intensive screening process.

Our long-term relationships with educational institutions like the First European Occupational Therapist School and the German Red Cross provide us with highly qualified and experienced professional caregivers.

Whether you need a Care Professional to care for your first baby, toddlers, twins, or a child with special needs, you can rely on us to provide your family with the same peace of mind that my family – and hundreds of other Apex PROaupair families – have experienced in the last decade.

Today, Apex PROaupair has grown into an international organization, providing families throughout the U.S. and Australia with Care Professionals who are not only highly qualified, but also loving, engaged, and motivated to make a difference in children’s lives. I see that difference every day thanks to my current Care Professional (and all her predecessors!) who have positively, wonderfully and irrevocably impacted the lives of my own two amazing children.

I would like to invite you to watch these inspiring stories from parents like you, who kindly shared their Apex PROaupair experience.

video_Pediatric_nurse_AlexMeet Kai & Lydia - An Occupational Therapist from Germany, caring for Kai in Texas

Susan Asay

Host Mom, CEO & Founder
Apex PROaupair