Au Pairs volunteer at adoption event
Nov. 17, 2012
Au Pairs come from another country for a year to care for American children and many families who have adopted children from another country are trying desperately to find a way to preserve their child’s unique culture and language. For this reason, Go Au Pair recently teamed with Adoption Services International (ASI) to support their intercultural adoptions. As November is National Adoption Month (http://www.whitehouse.gov/
month-2012) they are trying to get the word out about this unique partnership.
Many times parents will look out of country to adopt because in the United States competition for babies can be tough. Once a family decides to adopt out of country there are a whole new set of challenges. The Adoption Institute has shown one of the challenges with cross-cultural matches is the adopted child will struggle with their identity, which may cause a lack of confidence and depression.
“An Au Pair is proud of their own culture. They will bring a different perspective the American families cannot provide,” said Susan Kibler, director of ASI. “For the children placed in US homes, knowing about their own culture builds confidence instead of making them feel different or ashamed of their skin color or background.”
If an Au Pair has the same nationality as the adopted children, she is able to keep or teach the children their native language, introduce them to traditional food, and educate them about their heritage. “The Au Pair helps the whole family to have broader exposure to their children’s native culture,” said Polina Kravets, Representative for Go Au Pair’s service area in New Jersey. “I frequently witness families bond with their Au Pairs through this amazing program and develop life-long friendships.”
Bringing in an Au Pair is more affordable than using a nanny and will save the family the hassle of needing to search out groups or individuals with their child’s same heritage in their area.
“I am such a supporter of Go Au Pair and the services they can do for both adopted children and their families,” said Kibler. “I think their services could help a lot of parents and families who would otherwise struggle after adoption.”Go Au Pair is one of the original Au Pair Program sponsors designated by the department of State in 1989. There are Go Au Pair representatives in over 50 countries on six different continents and in more than 100 American cities. Their company headquarters is in Salt Lake City, Utah. Adoption Services International unities orphaned Ukrainian children with loving American families through affordable independent Ukrainian adoption. ASI’s company offices are in New Jersey.