Working with adoption agency Chinese Children Adoption International, the Houston couple were told that as coronavirus cases increased, it was unlikely that they would be able to go.
Rachel Pankratz and her husband, Charles, were ready to travel to China February 14 to finalize their adoption of a nine-year-old girl.
Holt International suspended adoptive family travel to China on Jan. 30, the same day the State Department issued a travel advisory.
Even though the capacity of the U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou to provide assistance is reduced, the spokesperson said, “services to U.S. citizens and adoptive families will be prioritized to the extent possible.”
Because of the State Department’s Level 3: Reconsider Travel Advisory to South Korea, Holt International has also advised adoptive families to not travel there.