After a disheartening phone call with our social worker, we learned that it's likely that we will not have our refugee foster child in our home in the next month or two as we had so hoped. While this is a terrible, frustrating setback. We have the luxury of time. We've been waiting for over a year now for our refugee foster child, and we'll wait longer. They are worth the wait.
We can wait 120 days (or longer), but the real tragedy is the children who can't wait. This executive order means refugee children are spending four extra months in refugee camps when they shouldn't have. This executive order means that children will age out and no longer be eligible for resettlement through certain programs.
David and I are feeling frustrated, angry, and disappointed, but most of all, we're feeling sad. We're sad that we won't be meeting our child as soon as we had hoped and we're sad for the future of our country. Most of all, we're heartbroken for the tens of thousands of refugees around the world whose lives are affected by this order. For all of the refugees who think that the U.S. is not a place of kindness and warmth, we hope to show you that in our home, we will welcome you with compassion whether it be today, tomorrow, or 120 days from now.