Most of the suggestions in this publication are more applicable to the process of selecting an American than a foreign in-home caregiver. If you are interested in hiring a caregiver from out of the country, contact one of the federally approved agencies that specialize in this type of care. You will find names and addresses of a few of these agencies at the back of this guide.
Foreign au pairs offer an excellent child care option for many parents. Many families choose to hire an au pair because of the wonderful opportunity for cultural exchange. They like the idea of exposing their school-age children (and themselves) to someone who has different customs and speaks a different language. They may also find a foreign au pair to be a less expensive option than many others. But it is important to understand what you are getting - and what you aren't - when you agree to host an au pair.
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Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.