All the stories from the people in this forum are really touching and I've heard so many horror stories about the time, effort, and money it takes to adopt from Haiti. My partner adopted in the states, and that was a considerably smoother process (though still, of course, pretty difficult). It's really gutsy for parents to take such a big step and I really admire it (though I don't plan on adopting in the near future).
I'm writing in hopes of linking prospective adoptive parents up to a language learning resource that can help them communicate with their children more effectively. I work with a Creole Language Learning Institute in Haiti and last summer we had an adoptive family come to study creole with us. Our staff had a fantastic time designing and administering special lessons like, "expressing and asking about basic needs," and "vocabulary and phrases for child discipline." We're really hoping that other adoptive parents who are thinking about visiting Haiti might consider working with us. We're low cost and can tailor our program to your specific needs. Here's our website: [url=]Learn Haitian Creole in Haiti[/url] .
Best of luck and safe travels. Please don't hesitate to message me if you have logistics or lodging questions. I'm by no means an expert, but have been living in the country off and on for a couple years (so I might be able to help)! :thanks:
Marie Puccio