PROaupair Sets Out to Redefine Childcare for Children With Special Needs

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PROaupair, the first and only special needs focused au pair agency designated by the U.S. Department of State, is working to redefine childcare for children with special needs and provide American families with a cultural exchange experience in the process.

She is invested in my son's success.

PROaupair was recently designated as a administrator of the Department of State J-1 visa exchange visitor au pair program. What make this designation unique, is that unlike the other Department of State designated au pair agencies across the United States, San Clemente, CA., based PROaupair is the first and only au pair agency designated by the Department of State to focus on working with families with children with special needs.

A majority of PROaupair's au pairs come to the U.S. from Germany to live with American families for up to 2 years. In exchange for room and board, the au pair provides up to 45-hours a week of childcare for the family. Au pairs receive a weekly cash stipend from the host family as well.

Unlike other au pair agencies in the U.S., PROaupair au pairs come to the U.S. with vast experience and/or completed degrees in Occupational Therapy, Pediatric Nursing, Teaching, Physical Therapy, and a range of other professional backgrounds. For families who have a child or children with special needs, having a live-in childcare provider with a professional background allows the therapy that the children receives outside the home to carry over seamlessly into the home, while also allowing parents to work outside the home and earn a living for the rest of the family.

Says Boston MA., area Mom Cindy K., “Having a professional au pair who is a therapist has allowed us to breathe. It allows us to have moments and experiences where we feel more like typical parents. My daughter needs assistance with all daily living tasks and it can feel all consuming. If my energy is always zapped with this one child, my concern is that my other children may feel as though their needs are not as important as their sister’s.”

PROaupair founder and President Susan Asay says, "PROaupair recruits all of our own au pairs. We do not rely on outside companies to select and screen our au pair candidates. I only allow au pairs in our program who I would want taking care of my own children. We understand the challenges of parents who have children with special needs and our goal is to make a positive impact on their lives while providing a great childcare solution.

Sella M., Mom to a 3-year old son recently diagnosed with autism and host to au pair Anga from Germany says, "I wanted someone who knew how to work with my son and was on-board with my goals for him. Anja has become a member of our family and she is invested in my son's success."

Visit PROaupair at for more information.

To learn more about hosting a professional au pair, visit or call 949.903.2348.

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