"The biggest thing about adoption is that we are all challenged and we are all called every day to do small or big things," says MAA mom Peggy Featherstone, in this moving article from Holy Ghost Prep school. Read the full article for a profile of four adoptive families, including the Featherstones, to get an uplifting reminder of the gift of adoption! 
In regards to the recent immigration ban, the Department of State confirmed that: “The April 22, 2020,  Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak  includes exceptions for adopted and prospective adoptive children.  Section 2, Scope of Suspension and Limitation on Entry, paragraph (b)(v) states: "(b) The suspension and limitation on entry pursuant to section 1 of this proclamation shall not apply to: (v) any alien who is under 21 years old and is the child of a United States citizen, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications; " Department of State goes on to state, “this exception would apply to children seeking visas in the IR2, IR3, IH3, IR4, and IH4 categories.”
Creating a Family has all sorts of helpful information to deal with our current circumstances. Click here to listen to a podcast on how to survive being cooped up with your children during this isolation. It also qualifies as healthy self-care while you listen!

USCIS announces their closure is now extended to June 4 at the earliest. This pertains to in-person appointments, including fingerprints.  Click here to read the entire announcement.
It is beyond difficult for us not to be able to share any Welcome Home photos this month. Gut-wrenching really. Our hearts ache for our families. And our hearts ache for the children. But Hope will not be cancelled! The children picture below all have families coming for them. Families fighting for them. Families that will hop on that plane the moment we are able to say Go! So hang on sweet ones…..though we are faced with this delay, know that we, and your families, will NOT give up on you!