Yes, Au Pairs are allowed to care for special needs children, as identified by their Host Family, when the Au Pair has specifically identified prior experience, skills or training in the care of special needs children and you, the Host Family, has reviewed and acknowledged in writing the Au Pair’s prior experience, skills or training he or she identified.
So the short answer is yes, as long as it is made clear by the Host Family that caring for a special needs child will be part of matching with this family. It should also be made clear by the Au Pair exactly what kind of training and experience he or she may have in caring for a child with special needs.
It is up to the Host Family to really question the potential Au Pair about his or her qualifications and be sure they are comfortable with that or are willing to provide more individualized and specific training or education once their Au Pair arrives.
For more information about Go Au Pair and a cultural child care experience for your family, visit www.goaupair.com or contact LAR Joan Lowell in the Providence, RI and surrounding areas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401.309.1925.