We would like advice on how to extend with out au pair legally, but by using a lawyer instead of going through our current agency.
We want to disconnect from our agency, gently.
To put it mildly, our experience with our agency & LCC has been a great disappointment. They are the only agency that serves our state (or so we’ve been told), but their service has been so poor that we do not want to give them our extension business. That said, we don’t want to burn our bridges with this company either (if they are indeed the only agency we can use) as we’ll need/want more au pairs in the future.
And, our terrific au pair doesn’t want to extend if it means having to go with this agency and with this LLC. (Yes, it has been that bad!)
Protecting Our Au Pair’s Interests
We have done our best to make sure that, if we go without an agency, that our au pair will be albe to get the services she might need. For example, our au pair has access to a licensed psychologist/counselor and an attorney (that already have retainers with if she ever felt she wanted their services – and they’re not people we use – so she feels confident in confidence).
She’s made lots of friends (even has a sweetheart who we adore), she’s utilized the medical system here…she has a car, cell phone and laptop at her disposal…and we’ve all agreed that if we go without an agency to have a legal contract….so we know that she (and we) will be protected and looked after. If she ever felt taken advantage of (or ever felt threatened), she has families she can turn to and the means in which to get help.
How Can We Make It Legal?
Rather than pay an extension fee to an agency that has been absolutely no help to either our au pair or to us, we’d rather pay for an attorney to draw up the necessary documents. And, we’d rather use what would remain after paying an attorney to pay our au pair more or use those funds to pay for experiences where she can see the US.
Based upon what we’ve read on the US State Department site, it appears that the paperwork can be handled by a private attorney and her application can be transferred from our agency. Beyond that it all becomes a gray area. We’ve phoned and emailed the State Department but cannot get anyone to call us back!
Do any host families out there have experience with this? Any thoughts or advice would be welcome!
Farmland Host Mom,
It seems to me that there has to be a way to make this work…
I’m imagining that host families who move out of the ‘coverage area’ of a given agency have needed to redraw their agreements to meet State Dept. regulations and keep their au pairs, and that the process for this might be something you could follow.
Also, it might be possible for one of the AuPair matching sites to be your legal intermediary at a significantly reduced cost. (I now that there are several matching site owners who read AuPairMom, so you all might want to jump in here…).
And, there may even be someone with experience doing exactly what you have in mind!
Let’s hope so– parents, lawyers, please weigh in…
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