Our concern about our tax refund seems minor compared to this family in Texas. They, too, are watching the federal budget fight and hoping to bring their two children home from Russia, but the looming threat of a government shutdown could impact families as they travel to bring children home.
From the Star-Telegram on March 3, 2011:
The entire federal government wouldn’t completely shut down. Crucial services such as air traffic control and the Defense Department would continue, according to a Congressional Research Service report.
But all “nonessential” employees — including the State Department and Citizenship and Immigration Services, agencies that handle much of the international adoption paperwork — would be furloughed until the budget issue is resolved.
“Some adoptions will come to a halt,” said Marshall Williams, vice president of international adoptions and family services with the Fort Worth-based Gladney Center for Adoption. “Our responsibility certainly is to let families know that if it looks as if they will be traveling pre-March 4, and in another country over that date, this [shutdown] may well happen.” – Click here to read the full article on the Star-Telegram’s website
Hoping and praying a budget passes and these concerns about a government shutdown are all for naught.