Protect yourself

IAPA is against any direct match between au pair and host family, always use a legally registered au pair agency.

Newspaper, internet advertisements or one of the many web-based matching services may appear to be acceptable and inexpensive alternatives for securing an au pair placement.

There are, however, potential risks in arranging a placement in this manner. 10 potential risks you face when not using a legally registered au pair agency:

  • high probability of unsuitable au pair or host family candidates
  • absence of a written contract
  • little or no experience in the au pair industry
  • lack of professionalism or financial stability
  • nonexistent standards or guidelines
  • insufficient references and/or medical certification
  • danger of document falsification
  • no rematch policy (secondary placement) if the initial placement is unsuccessful
  • no local support during the placement
  • limited understanding of national au pair regulations