Monday, July 28, 2014

Important Adoption Notice: Delay in Passport and Visa processing times continue

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July 28, 2014

“As of July 27, the Department of State has made continued progress on restoring our system to full functionality. As we restore our ability to print visas, we are prioritizing immigrant cases, including adoptions visas. System engineers are performing maintenance to address the problems we encountered. As system performance improves, we will continue to process visas at U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide. We are committed to resolving the problem as soon as possible. Additional updates will be posted to travel.state.gov as more information becomes available.”

Friday, July 25, 2014

News from Ukraine: Two Families

News from Ukraine: Please keep our two Hopscotch families in your thoughts and prayers as they travel to bring their children home from Ukraine.

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U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/24/334886736/u-s-database-glitch-delays-passport-visa-processing

By Scott Neuman

The U.S. State Department's global database for processing visas and passports is experiencing problems that could cause delays for millions of people around the world who are awaiting travel documents.

The Associated Press writes:

"Unspecified glitches in the department's Consular Consolidated Database have resulted in 'significant performance issues, including outages' in the processing of applications for passports, visas and reports of Americans born abroad since Saturday, spokeswoman Marie Harf said. She said the problem is worldwide and not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category."

" 'We apologize to applicants and recognize this may cause hardship to applicants waiting on visas and passports. We are working to correct the issue as quickly as possible,' she said."

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Transformed

Transformed...

Growing, learning, thriving, laughing, loving, teaching...

A blessing beyond measure...

Happy Together Forever Day, Rex.

We love you because you are you.


*Three years ago today, on July 14, 2011, Rex finally left the orphanage that had been all he ever knew to join our family as our cherished son.