Thank you all Simon, Celeste, Catharine, Barrie, Sarah, and Cory. I’m sorry I’ve been out of pocket and unable to respond to you individually until now.
Simon and Catharine:
I was told I could run a nou nou, a sort of informal daycare. I love the idea of overnight daycare, anything that might set me apart from the typical nou nou. Thank you for your feedback. This website is a wonderful resource!!
I hadn’t thought about changing my qualifications into French and to get them verified by the colleges I attended, though it seems obvious in hindsight. Great advice! I was actually thinking of getting my PhD in France in Psychology, if I could pass the language requirements. I have read in some blogs that the French do not seek out therapy as much as they do in America. I imagine the French would be less likely to choose an American therapist over a French one. This is why I’m not sure if I should pursue a practice in France, assuming I obtain all that is required to set up practice. On another note, you really got me thinking about living in rural France (Limousin). Coming from a really big city in Texas, my son and I are surely going to experience culture shock. I think, as long as we have internet, cable TV, reliable utilities and water, good food, good friends, and the beauty France has to offer, we’ll adjust well. I will look into your suggestions: American Embassy in Paris, Anglo-Info, & Americans in Paris. Thank you for suggesting I look into what resources the schools in the area of France I choose offer for children with ADHD. Your help is greatly appreciated!!
If it takes 5 years to start my own business, I might be bussing tables for a long time. I understand that I can do an informal daycare, which I will check into further. My local consulate suggested I look into getting a “Competences et Talents” Card which would allow me to work on a “project” in my profession for 3 years with the option of renewing. Re-training and re-certification is okay by me. Thanks for the heads up on that and that I’ll need private health insurance in France. I’m trying to figure out if I’ll be able to return to France to buy the house I’ve chosen prior to moving over there. It’s so much to think about but I really appreciate your input!!
Thank you for the info on auxiliaries de vie scolaire and contacting the local mairie regarding special needs education in rural schools. My son is currently in mainstreamed classes and is getting A’s and B’s, though it is a challenge for both of us. What a wonderful service your mairie is offering English speaking children with special needs to integrate into their schools. I hope I will be able to find someone with your type of training in Limousin. Thank you so much for your feedback!!
I will definitely remember what you said about the requirement the French have for medical insurance. What I don’t know is if the French require that we have the insurance in the country we are coming from. Thank you for the info on the Entrepreneurial VISA. My consulate told me about the “Compete