Is There a Sensible Way Around “Infant Care” Restrictions?
This question is a great one for Local Counselors to answer– have you had experience with this issue?
Dear Au Pair Moms ~~ We have found a prospective au pair who is just great and seem like she would fit perfectly into our family. She has been in the USA with another family and would like to extend 12 months with a different family.
The problem is that she’s not infant qualified and our son is not yet 2 years old. He will be 2 on November 15 and the au pair needs to match by September 30, so we have a gap of 1.5 months. I told the agency that my son will stay in day care he turns 2, and that the au pair would only needs to take care of my 4 year old daughter until Nov 15.
The Agency says they can’t place her in my house at all if an infant is there. I looked at the State Department regulations and this requirement does exist. BUT I wonder if this really applies if the infant has other child care.
As an alternative, I suggested to the agency that I could have a friend sign up for the au pair, then end the relationship after 1.5 months so the au pair could switch to my household .They were not open to that because it’s “not the right way to use the system”.
Is there anything else I can do to avoid losing this great au pair? ~~ Mom of “soon to be not an infant”