Trapped Overseas, Adoptive Families Beg The U.S. To Let Them Return

As the COVID-19 pandemic began engulfing the globe last month, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 4 travel advisory for Americans — its strongest warning. Besides advising U.S. citizens “to avoid all international travel,” the State Department said, “U.S. citizens who live abroad should arrange for immediate return to the United States.”

That’s exactly what Lyndsey Voss is trying to do. The 30-year-old Florence, Alabama native has been living in Uganda for nearly two years, pursuing the adoption of a young boy we’ll call “Alex.” As many other Americans have evacuated and Uganda has closed its borders, it’s been the U.S. State Department keeping Lyndsey and her 7-year-old son from going home.

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