Government Shutdown and Adoption

In light of the possible government shutdown at midnight
tonight, we wanted to provide you with information on how this could affect the
processing of adoptions. Please keep in mind that this may change as the
situation in Washington, DC continues to unfold. We should have a clearer
picture in the coming days as our representatives work on a deal to continue to
fund government operations.

As of 5:00pm EST, we have word that the Bureau of Consular
Affairs will continue to provide services for the foreseeable future. Based on
this information, we do not anticipate a disruption to adoption services
provided by the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Although we have not yet received
official word from USCIS, the information that we have received indicates that
since USCIS is a fee-for-service agency, it will not be affected by a government
shutdown. Accordingly, we believe that USCIS will also continue normal
operations.

Again, please remember that this is preliminary information
that very well could change as the debate in Congress unfolds. We will keep you
updated as more information becomes available. In the meantime, please join us
in praying for wisdom and humility for our elected officials as they work
toward a compromise. 

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