Skip to main content

AuPairCare's 2021 Ultimate Host Family Finalists

AuPairCare's 2021 Ultimate Host Family Finalists and Winner

Every year at AuPairCare our au pairs take a moment to recognize the host families that have welcomed them into their homes and lives, and embraced the spirit of cultural exchange. This contest was one of the most competitive ever, but hundreds of entries and many deliberations, we have our list of finalists! Be sure to read the stories of our wonderful host family finalists!

Ultimate Host Family Lawal Family from Texas

Finalist - The Lawals from Texas

From bringing flowers to welcome their au pair at the airport to celebrating milestones together, au pair Arlis from Colombia says of her host family, the Lawals, "I felt the warmth of a loving family. I am happy to say that they are truly a second family, one that I was not born into, but one I can always count on. They will hold a place near and dear to my heart. I love my family."

Ultimate Host Family Griffin Family from Arizona

Finalist - The Griffins from Arizona

The Griffin family made a big impact on au pair Leone from South Africa. She says of their time together, "When I arrived I was accepted with open arms and warm hearts from not only them but their families and their community. We have shared going on 2 memorable years together and I have a feeling our relationships will last forever."

Ultimate Host Family Chin Family from New Jersey

Finalist - The Chins from New Jersey

"They have shown me the great opportunities that I have, thanks to my abilities and attitudes; but not only that, they have also helped me build a better version of myself", says au pair Julieth about her host family, the Chins. The Chins have made a lasting impact on their au pair by showing how being a "united and communicative family" creates meaningful bongs. Julieth writes that she'll "remember this experience as one of the best in my life".

Ultimate Host Family Topala Family from Georgia

Finalist - The Topalas from Georgia

The Topalas have shown strength and resilience during these difficult pandemic moments, and that's why their au pair Annika from South Africa has nominated them for Ultimate Host Family! Annika says "In my time being here I have realized what truly kind people the Topalas are. My host dad who is a physician and my host mom who is a nurse practitioner both offered up their time and skills to help those in need."

Ultimate Host Family Gupta Family from Illinois

Finalist - The Guptas from Illinois

The Gupta family is so deserving of their nomination by their au pair, Jhesica. An au pair from Colombia, Jhesica says about the Guptas "They have really been my family far from home, by always loving me and giving me all of their comprehension and support in all aspects of my life. They always show me their love with actions, they care about me, about my education, and about my personal and professional development."

Ultimate Host Family Kelly Family from Wisconsin

Winner - The Kellys from Wisconsin

From South Africa, au pair Isabella shared how her host family, the Kellys, have made her feel like "one of their daughters". From their strong support and love, Isabella and the Kellys have created a lifelong bond! Isabella says "Little did I know how much of a blessing this family would be to me...they help me to grow. That's what makes them the ultimate host family." Check out Isabella's winning entry here!

Ultimate Host Family Dean Family from California

Finalist -The Deans from California

Way to go, Dean family! Their au pair Fiorella from Chile says, "They are literally the best host family anyone can have, they have made me feel at home! And they make me feel like I am part of their family. I really love my host family, they are the most amazing host family and they will always be in my heart and they will be part of me!"

Ultimate Host Family Mustafa Family from Maryland

Finalist - The Mustafas from Maryland

From sharing cultures to being each other's rock, au pair Melinda and the Mustafa family have become super close. Melinda, from South Africa, says of the Mustafas "I learn so much from then and they love that we learn so much from each others cultures...day one they made me feel special and part of the family. They give me love, support, and help me grow in life. W have the best relationship. Words can describe how great a family they are."

Ultimate Host Family Hudson Family from Florida

Finalist - The Hudsons from Florida

The Hudson family demonstrates how being a host family is all about "kindness and compassion". Says their au pair Bruna from Brazil, "my host family has always been above and beyond the rest. They constantly show me how much they truly care about me. I feel they really have changed my life. I love them, and they love me."

Ultimate Host Family Derover Family from Georgia

Finalist -The Derovers from Georgia

Making memories during the pandemic is tough, but for au pair Stefanie and her host family, the Derover family, their time together has resulted in a special bond. Says Stefanie, "I truly can say that I found a home and second family in the US. We share so many beautiful memories together and I couldn't imagine to be somewhere else even in hard times. I couldn't have asked for anything more. They are definitely my ultimate host family!".

Winner! The Blankenship Family from Tennessee

Winner! The Blankenship Family from Tennessee

Nominated by Juana, she shares about the Blankenships that "since I've arrived here, they've welcomed me into their home with a lot of love and made me part of their family. This is the best experience in my life and undoubtedly They're the best host family ever". Read Juana's full entry here.

Finalist - The Kanters Cove Family from Ohio

Finalist - The Kanters Cove Family from Ohio

For au pair Ana from Mexico, she knew her host family was the Ultimate from the start! Ana says "Ever since I met them, I knew our connection was real and my fear of failing in this adventure rapidly disappeared. My new host family welcomed me into their home and hearts without hesitation nor boundaries."

Finalist - The Ali Family from California

Finalist - The Ali Family from California

Shoutout to the Ali Family! From the beginning, their au pair Ingrid from Brazil has been welcomed into their hearts and home. Ingrid's nomination includes "this bond that we have that eases my homesick for my homeland and makes my heart feel mild, if it weren't for them, everything here would be more difficult... for me they sure are my perfect match, my Ultimate host family."

Finalist - The Quirin Family from Florida

Finalist - The Quirin Family from Florida

Busra from Turkey shares her life-changing experience with the Quirin host family, saying "They're the best, amazing, wonderful family I've ever lived in two years. You can talk everything (you can't even imagine) with them especially my host mom.She's like my life coach, my best friend...she helped me a lot to put myself together."

Finalist - The McCormick Family from Washington

Finalist - The McCormick Family from Washington

Let's go McCormicks! They were nominated by au pair Andrea from Mexico with flying colors, " I don't even know where to start describing how amazing they really are, for real. They are people in whom you can fully trust, they are humble and respectful. One thing for sure is that they are happy, and when you are around them, that happiness is transmitted to you."

Finalist - The Rami Family from California

Finalist - The Rami Family from California

Andrea from Mexico raves about her wonderful host family, The Ramis, and how they exemplify being an Ultimate Host Family. Her entry shares "My host family has already forever changed who I am and who I will be. I cannot believe in just 9 months I have learned and expereinced so much thanks to my host family and their love and generosity."

Finalist - The Stevens Family from Virginia

Finalist - The Stevens Family from Virginia

"It has only been a year and I am so glad to say I did not only find the right host family but I did also find my best friends, my angels, my favorite people. Those who support me the most, the ones that celebrate my winnings but also stay by my side on my darkest days without judging." Check out au pair Maria's full entry here.

Finalist - The Huber Family from Delaware

Finalist - The Huber Family from Delaware

Props to the Huber household! Bianca from Brazil shares how she and her host mom make the ultimate team together "it's amazing how she unfolds and is dedicated to everything, but mainly to her children. Despite the busy routine full of commitments, makes me feel welcome and a part of the family every minute. My host mom is like those super women, she can do everything and a little more!"

Finalist - The Knowles Family from Washington

Finalist - The Knowles Family from Washington

Shari from Germany on her wonderful host family, the Knowles, "they´ve welcomed me with open arms and such happy faces...they help me to grow and to be myself and that´s what makes them the ultimate host family. They motivate me every day to be the best version of myself and give me the freedom to be it." 

Finalist - The Jagger Family from New Jersey

Finalist - The Jagger Family from New Jersey

Aitor from Spain is a big fan of his host family, the Jaggers! His nomination highlights how the Jaggers welcomed him , "As all au pairs know, leaving your home is not easy. But the Jagger family did everything for making me feel part of the family since the beginning".

Ultimate Host Family 2022

  • Winner! The Blankenship Family from Tennessee

    Winner! The Blankenship Family from Tennessee

    • Nominated by Juana, she shares about the Blankenships that "since I've arrived here, they've welcomed me into their home with a lot of love and made me part of their family. This is the best experience in my life and undoubtedly They're the best host family ever". Read Juana's full entry here.

  • Finalist - The Kanters Cove Family from Ohio

    Finalist - The Kanters Cove Family from Ohio

    • For au pair Ana from Mexico, she knew her host family was the Ultimate from the start! Ana says "Ever since I met them, I knew our connection was real and my fear of failing in this adventure rapidly disappeared. My new host family welcomed me into their home and hearts without hesitation nor boundaries."

  • Finalist - The Ali Family from California

    Finalist - The Ali Family from California

    • Shoutout to the Ali Family! From the beginning, their au pair Ingrid from Brazil has been welcomed into their hearts and home. Ingrid's nomination includes "this bond that we have that eases my homesick for my homeland and makes my heart feel mild, if it weren't for them, everything here would be more difficult... for me they sure are my perfect match, my Ultimate host family."

  • Finalist - The Quirin Family from Florida

    Finalist - The Quirin Family from Florida

    • Busra from Turkey shares her life-changing experience with the Quirin host family, saying "They're the best, amazing, wonderful family I've ever lived in two years. You can talk everything (you can't even imagine) with them especially my host mom.She's like my life coach, my best friend...she helped me a lot to put myself together."

  • Finalist - The McCormick Family from Washington

    Finalist - The McCormick Family from Washington

    • Let's go McCormicks! They were nominated by au pair Andrea from Mexico with flying colors, " I don't even know where to start describing how amazing they really are, for real. They are people in whom you can fully trust, they are humble and respectful. One thing for sure is that they are happy, and when you are around them, that happiness is transmitted to you."

  • Finalist - The Rami Family from California

    Finalist - The Rami Family from California

    • Andrea from Mexico raves about her wonderful host family, The Ramis, and how they exemplify being an Ultimate Host Family. Her entry shares "My host family has already forever changed who I am and who I will be. I cannot believe in just 9 months I have learned and expereinced so much thanks to my host family and their love and generosity."

  • Finalist - The Stevens Family from Virginia

    Finalist - The Stevens Family from Virginia

    • "It has only been a year and I am so glad to say I did not only find the right host family but I did also find my best friends, my angels, my favorite people. Those who support me the most, the ones that celebrate my winnings but also stay by my side on my darkest days without judging." Check out au pair Maria's full entry here.

  • Finalist - The Huber Family from Delaware

    Finalist - The Huber Family from Delaware

    • Props to the Huber household! Bianca from Brazil shares how she and her host mom make the ultimate team together "it's amazing how she unfolds and is dedicated to everything, but mainly to her children. Despite the busy routine full of commitments, makes me feel welcome and a part of the family every minute. My host mom is like those super women, she can do everything and a little more!"

  • Finalist - The Knowles Family from Washington

    Finalist - The Knowles Family from Washington

    • Shari from Germany on her wonderful host family, the Knowles, "they´ve welcomed me with open arms and such happy faces...they help me to grow and to be myself and that´s what makes them the ultimate host family. They motivate me every day to be the best version of myself and give me the freedom to be it." 

  • Finalist - The Jagger Family from New Jersey

    Finalist - The Jagger Family from New Jersey

    • Aitor from Spain is a big fan of his host family, the Jaggers! His nomination highlights how the Jaggers welcomed him , "As all au pairs know, leaving your home is not easy. But the Jagger family did everything for making me feel part of the family since the beginning".