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  • Au Pair of the Year Award - 2012
    on Dec 28, 2011
    AU PAIR OF THE YEAR AWARD 2012It Is That Time of Year Again!Most American au pair agencies are members of the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) and are annually invited to participate in their search for the "Au Pair of the Year Award." This...
  • TOP TIPS - Working with Your Au Pair Agency Placement Staff
    on Dec 28, 2011
    Work Closely with your Agency's Placement CoordinatorEvery agency has a placement staff to assist parents with au pair applications and matching. You might be assigned to work with one person, depending on your agency's procedures. Working with you...
  • Au Pair Agency Websites - Winners & Losers
    on Dec 14, 2011
    We often receive email questions from parents who are dismayed by their efforts to get and find information on au pair agency websites. Here is a typical email:"Dear Au Pair Clearinghouse, why is it that many of the au pair sites, in business for 20...
  • P.E.A.P. - Prevent Exploitation of Au Pairs
    on Nov 11, 2011
    This story was very disturbing and we are following it at, the nation's first and only website that reviews and rates all au pair agencies in the United States.As a result of this story, my friend and colleague, Talya S...
  • In Unsafe Hands - Au Pairs At RiskWILLAMETTE NEWSOctober 26 2011 Shaw Healey/NEWSIn Unsafe HandsAfter sex abuse charges, a Lake Oswego au pair agency denies placing a woman in harm’s way. She was 18 when she came to Oregon from Germany as an au pair and moved in with an Intel...
  • From's author, Talya Shoup
    on Nov 11, 2011
    P.E.A.P. Prevent Exploitation of Au Pairs My friend and colleague, Edina Stone, of Au Pair Clearinghouse, and I have started a new support organization alled P.E.A.P. (Prevent Exlpoitation of Au Pairs). We’ve founded P.E.A.P. in r...
  • Expert Au Pair Author Responds to US Au Pair Law SuitMy good friend, Talya Shoup, sent me her response to the breaking story of an au pair who is suing US Au Pair Agency. Talya Shoup is an author and editor of the popular au pair blog, Best Au Pair Guide, where she dispenses expert advice and top tips...
  • Au Pair Sues Au Pair Agency for 1 Million Dollars Citing Sexual Abuse, Fraud and Sexual Battery
    on Oct 8, 2011
    Courthouse News Service. October 7 2011PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - A teen-age au pair from Germany claims a placement agency aided and abetted an employer who sexually assaulted her, and that the agency knew or should have known that he had done the sa...
  • on Sep 26, 2011
    Survey Results Reveal the3 Top-Rated Au Pair Agencies and the NUMBER One Winner for Overall Excellence!The Good NEWS!Looking at the ratings of all agencies combined, our 2010-2011 Host Family Satisfaction Survey shows an increase in overall satisfact...
  • Educare Au Pairs
    on Sep 26, 2011
    Jerry N. from Utah emailed us this question about Educare Au Pairs:"My children are now 10 & 12. We really don't need a full time au pair. She doesn't have enough to do all day, and we cannot expect her to do the family's laundry and housecl...
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