A Roanoke man who was stuck overseas because of a computer glitch will be home soon.

The Pope family went to Latvia to adopt a boy last month. They were supposed to leave last week.

But the State Department had not issued travel documents for their son because of a backlog from the glitch.

Kevin Pope stayed in Latvia with the 12-year-old boy. Pope said that he received a visa for his son Monday morning.

Pope and his son will head back to Roanoke on Wednesday.


Original story from Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A computer glitch is causing travel complications for two Roanoke families adopting children overseas.

The glitch affected the State Department's ability to issue travel documents. It's been fixed, but the backlog has stranded people across the globe -- including the Pope and Vance families of Roanoke.

The Pope family is in Latvia adopting a 12-year-old boy.

Ali Pope and her five kids are headed back to the U.S. Thursday morning. Her husband, Kevin Pope, will stay in Latvia until the documents are issued for their son. It's not clear when that will be.

“Religion is a big part of our life and who we are and our Christian faith. And we're just going to have to trust that God has a plan. So, I can't control this. There is nothing I can do about it. All I can control is how I respond to it,” said Kevin Pope, who has been working remotely from Latvia.

The Vance family is in Bulgaria adopting two children.

On Wednesday morning they found out their travel documents have been issued and they will travel back to the U.S. on Thursday.

The Vances had to push their trip back a day, costing them $3,000.

Lisa Vance said when she gets back to the U.S. she will advocate for a backup system for travel documents.