America's First Au Pair Program

Trusted live-in child care - since 1986

Become a Host Family

How to Become a Host Family

Do you want to become a host family for an au pair? At Au Pair in America, our process breaks down into four steps: applying, interviewing, preparation and arrival. At each point in the process we provide you with the support and information you need to make such an important decision. To become a host family, you will also need to meet a number of housing, transportation, and scheduling requirements. Learn more about how to become a host family and au pair host family requirements.

register and Apply

Step 1: Register and Apply


Register and create your free account. You will now be able to search and view an available au pairís full profile.


The online application to become a host family takes just 15 minutes to complete. You can save your progress at any time and finish later using your account login. To access a hard copy of the application and additional application documents, click here.


Once you have completed the online application, your personal placement coordinator will contact you to review your family's needs. Your local community counselor will also arrange to meet you to answer any questions you may have about becoming a host family. Your community counselor will personally introduce you to the program and let you know more about what to expect in the year ahead.

Step 2: Choosing Your Au Pair

Search Au Pairs

Our exclusive expert match system allows you to search our database of hundreds of au pair applications online or by using our mobile app. Or if you prefer, your personal placement coordinator can look for suitable candidates for you.

Hold and Interview Au Pairs

Once you have identified au pairs you like, place them into your favorites and interview them via phone or Skype. You have the option by contacting them directly or to use our free connection service.

Select Your Au Pair and Arrival Date

Once you select and match with your au pair, find an arrival date that works for your family. Your au pair can arrive at your home in as little as 4 weeks!

Step 3: Pre-Arrival Preparation

Your Au Pairís Documentation

We process all of your au pairís visa paperwork and book their flight to the United States.

Orientation and Training

If you are becoming a host family for the first time, your local Community Counselor will help you get prepared for your au pairís arrival as well as review your au pairís orientation. You will also receive access to support materials and tips to assist with your experience as a host family.

Your au pair arrives in the U.S. and attends our mandatory orientation program that features training for child development and adaptation as well as customized CPR, safety and health training from the Red Cross.

Bringing your Au Pair to Your Home

Au pairs travel to their host communities after orientation. Travel arrangements are made by you and communicated to our orientation team. Details regarding travel from orientation are provided upon match.

Step 4: Arrival and Welcoming Your Au Pair


Your Community Counselor will contact you within 48 hours of your au pair's arrival as well as take a two-week assessment. This is to see how your au pair is adapting to life in the U.S. and how you are adjusting to becoming a host family.

Year-round Support

Once you become a host family, your Community Counselor will remain in close contact with you, providing support and assistance. Our national office is available 24/7 with comprehensive support and emergency assistance. Your au pair will attend monthly meetings held by your Community Counselor that help bring together local au pairs and update them on child care related information as well as ease the adjustment into a new culture.

Become a host family with Au Pair in America and Register Today!


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