Life in the United States: Procedures
Au Pair in America and EduCare in America are programs designated by the Department of State to sponsor an au pair/companion on an Exchange Visitor Program intended to provide its participants an opportunity to "learn about American culture, improve English language skills and to assist host families with child care while living with American families as a guest member 'on par' for a 12 month cultural exchange."
Since 1986, the program has evolved, and legislative authorization remains an essential element that continues to distinguish this program from other in-home child care options. The government has issued regulations that establish the framework for recruitment, placement and monitoring of au pair/companion and host family relationships.
The regulations are included in the Host Family Guidelines for a Successful Year from your orientation packet. They can also be found on line at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html. To find the regulations you must search for "Exchange Visitor Program," select subchapter G and then scroll down to section 62.31.