Don’t let Gayla Slaughter’s soft Texas twang fool you.
She can make herself heard when she needs to.
The Rapid City woman and her husband, Dwain, are four years into a long, complicated international adoption that she’s still fighting to finalize.
“I’ve learned, in our nearly four years of doing this, that sometimes to get something done you just have to go … you just have to go and be a squeaky wheel,” Gayla said. “Because these kids are worth fighting for. Michelet is worth fighting for.”
Michelet (pronounced Mee-sha-lay) is a 7-year-old disabled Haitian orphan with an adorable smile and a personality to match. After six trips to Haiti since 2011, Gayla and Dwain finally brought him home to Rapid City on a temporary medical visa in July 2015. They got him here with a lot of assistance from several local health care providers who have donated services to meet Michelet’s medical needs.