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We received a record number of host family nominations, each of them filled with heartwarming stories about their au pair. Choosing winners for first, second and third place only proved to be too difficult, so we have added a fourth category for Honorable Mention. Below are their special stories. In addition, all au pairs who were nominated by their host families will receive a special Celebration Award Certificate.
"Liraz has been with our family for almost a year and a half – in the time of Corona –
and has both transformed herself and transformed our family.
Liraz was born in an ultra-Orthodox home, and spent the majority of her life in an
extremely insular and segregated environment. Her opportunities for secondary education
were limited. And though she has an amazing and supportive family, she dreamt of a different kind of life as
an independent, modern woman who interacts with the world and her Judaism in a
way that she alone determines.
"When we first met Klaudia we were immediately drawn to her intelligence and personality, but we weren’t sure if she would be interested in joining our family. We were worried that she’d turn and run away the moment she met our three very energetic young boys Elias (9), Aris (6), and Israh (5). Still, our gut told us Klaudia was the right fit for our family and, to our surprise, she was up for the challenge. Despite our early concerns, Klaudia has not only survived our boys, but she has flourished. "
"Julie is a superhero, supporting our family like a team member and
a role model for our kids and our family.
We first discovered Julie had superpowers when Ethan, our oldest
son, started preschool. Julie was able to use her sixth sense that
something was not right after 2 months. Ethan was not speaking and was completely non-verbal in
public situations in English. Teachers just thought he was shy."
"I call Danisha my sister, but she is even more than that. She has become my co-parent, my daughter, my lifelong friend. I do not think either of us could have guessed what we would endure together over the years, but I cannot think of a better person to have been in our home and be part of our family during it all. We were blessed with Danisha’s arrival in January 2019."
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