Preserve the Au Pair Program: A Valuable Cultural Exchange Opportunity

President Joe Biden’s administration is currently considering regulations that would deny crucial childcare services to middle-class and upper-middle-class Americans, affecting their ability to welcome au pairs into their families. Biden’s proposed changes to the federal au pair program would disproportionately burden highly skilled working mothers, potentially driving them out of the workforce. This issue is personal for one family who, like millions of others in the summer of 2020, faced a childcare crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After exhausting other options, they hired an au pair and are now opposed to the proposed regulatory changes. They believe the changes would make it financially difficult for them and thousands of other families to continue hosting au pairs and would prevent the formation of the strong emotional bonds they experienced.