Wojtek, thank you for your suggestion. It's true, a separate section for non-native families seeking to foster a second language would have some merits.
Let me back up, though, and tell you that, when this forum first opened, I did include a couple of additional boards for "sub-groups" of people...and they were rarely used. Finally, I thought it best to close them and add their threads to the main boards. In fact, adding these threads to the other boards wasn't difficult because the subject matter overlapped.
That's why I don't think boards for sub-groups--at least at this stage of our forum's life--will work in the way we hope. Every such group, of course, would have certain issues that are very specific to their situations. But for the most part, the main issues involved in the experience of raising bilingual children are largely the same for us all, often revolving around the "core conditions" of exposure and need. (The child must receive ample exposure to the target language on a regular basis and feel a genuine need to use this language actively.)
Thus, boards for sub-groups end up receiving only modest interest, from a limited number of people, and mostly produce threads that could just as well be part of the main boards for everyone. And if they're not placed there, on the main boards, then much of the community won't see them and can't benefit from them.
So, for the time being at least--until this forum is even bigger and more active--it's probably best to continue limiting the number of boards so the content doesn't become too scattered and redundant. Your suggestion is still a good one, and well worth keeping in mind for the future, but I'm not sure the site is yet ready to effectively include smaller sub-groups.
As always, though, I'm open to everyone's thoughts and suggestions on this issue, or other issues, involving the management and growth of this community.
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