This is the story of my life so far: 68 years and counting.
Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France
Looking for children to adopt
In 1985, after more than 5 years of marriage, Geneviève had never been pregnant. So, we decided to adopt children.
My mother, who really likes children, thought that it was a very good idea.
In France at this time, in each of the 95 "départements", adoption was the domain of the DDASS: Direction Départementale des Affaires Sanitaires et Sociales (Departmental Direction of Sanitary and Social Affairs).
So, we wrote dozens of letters to many DDASS. We did not received many answers, and those that we received were negative or at least not very encouraging.
The truth is that, in France, there were more parents that wanted to adopt than children that were "adoptable".
So, we also contacted several organizations that were facilitating international adoption.
As I remember, the two countries that were sending many children abroad to be adopted were Columbia and South Korea. This is probably no longer the case.
We got some promising responses. One of them was from a small Belgian outfit that were facilitating adoptions of children from Haiti. The woman that lead this organization asked us to come visit them.
So, we went to Belgium. The couple had 22 children, 5 biological and 17 adopted.
The older children were helping the parents to raise the younger children.
They wanted to see us, to check if we were this kind of parents that want to adopt because it is the right thing to do, but have no real interest in raising children. We assured them that we were not such parents.
And several weeks later, they told us that they had two sisters coming from Haiti that we could adopt. Were we still interested? Of course, we said yes.
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