I promised you that there was a part 2 to the story of the au pair and host parents who were struggling with responsibility for damage to a car. That issue was shared with us by a host mom with a personal connection to the au pair. In addition to hoping for some ideas on how the problem could be resolved, this host mom wonders:
Should I get involved in the Au Pair – Host Parent situation?
Should I do something more than offer my advice to this Au Pair?
The au pair is a sister of one of our prior au pairs, and she’s kind of like ‘family”.
I could offer to talk to the counselor, for example, and try to put some pressure on them finding a rematch. I get so upset with au pair agencies (at least mine) who don’t seem to want to step in to help au pairs who are pretty powerless. Yet I don’t know if I’m projecting, because it is hard to know the facts.
My gut tells me to stay out of it, yet I feel really bad for the Au Pair. It sounds like she’s living in a toxic environment, and she’s not scheduled to go back to home until February, so maybe intervening now might help?
What do you readers advise?
When fault is contested, who pays for damage to the car?
Advice Wanted: Should I intervene in another Au Pair-Host Family situation?
When your Au Pair confides in you … about something awful
Image: The Mediator (cartoon) from crimfants