Little Cruz Stewart has finally come home from the Congo, after his adoption has been delayed over and over again because of the stop on exit letters.

With Cruz needing life-saving surgery for his heart and lungs, U.S. government officials stepped in to help speed the process.

Coverage of Cruz’s homecoming may be viewed here.

Adoption.com reporters first covered the Stewarts’ hard work to bring Cruz home late last year. This is a touching story of international adoption red-tape, perseverance, and family love. It is also a story of a community and a nation coming together to help an individual child.