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Au Pair Agencies & Psychometric Testing

Psychological Screening of Au Pairs

We received an email from, Germaine, a host mom from NJ. She said: "How can I tell my au pair is not suffering from a mental disorder, like depression? How can I know she or he will not abuse my child?"

I can understand Germaine's concern - parents worry "Will my au pair be of sound mind?" "Does she have mental health issues, like depression, anxiety or an eating disorder?" "Will they be pedophiles (sexual abusers)?"

Parents should know how effective screening tests are in pinpointing mental health problems.

First, let's take a look at the issue of psychological screening. If the agency has been designated by the Department of State, then yes, the agency is required to do both a criminal background check and a psychological screening.  How are the agencies doing?

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