AuPairCare is deeply committed to the health and well-being of all of our au pairs and today we want to share an update on our efforts to help Edna Valenzuela, a member of the AuPairCare family recently diagnosed with cancer.
Edna has been a fantastic au pair, and the love and care between Edna and her host family are clear. Since we learned of Edna’s diagnosis, we have been in active communication with Edna, her host family, and the U.S. State Department. Our shared goal is to change Edna’s visa so that she can stay in the United States to receive vital treatment through a clinical trial at the National Institutes of Health and focus completely on her health.
While this is a very unusual circumstance, au pairs do occasionally encounter medical situations that prevent them from meeting the rigorous demands of childcare as a part of the au pair program. We treat each of these instances on an individual basis, working with both the au pair and the host family while adhering to the U.S. State Department’s strict regulations governing J-1 visa status.
Our priorities remain the health and well-being of our au pairs along with the loving childcare host families seek from AuPairCare. We appreciate your feedback, concerns, and questions surrounding Edna Valenzuela, and please know AuPairCare will continue doing everything possible to work with Edna, her host family, and the U.S. State Department to ensure Edna receives her new visa status.