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DRC GOVERNMENT APPROVES AN ADDITIONAL 82 INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS OF CONGOLESE CHILDREN AS PART OF ONGOING REVIEW

WASHINGTON, DC — H.E. François Balumuene, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Ambassador to the United States, announced today that the DRC government has approved an additional 82 international adoptions of Congolese children. Part of an ongoing review of international adoption cases, today’s news follows the approval of 159 pending applications announced by the government earlier this week, and the approval of more than 70 cases in November – for a total of more than 300 cases approved in the past four months.

“Today’s announcement, combined with other international adoptions approved in recent weeks, signals a concerted effort by our government to resolve these remaining cases as soon as possible,” said Ambassador Balumuene. “We are also taking important steps to establish new procedures for future adoptions that adhere to the highest standards so that our children are welcomed into safe and loving homes.”

“Adoptive parents who are awaiting news of their application will be informed of decisions by their respective embassies as the DRC’s adoption commission continues its review process.”

The DRC established a moratorium on international adoptions in 2013 due to domestic and international adoption law violations after concerns were raised about the adoption of Congolese children without their parents’ consent and the qualifications of adoptive families.

As previously announced, the government has completed the preparation of draft legislation that, if approved by parliament, will establish new procedures for individuals seeking to adopt eligible Congolese children in the future. This legislation is intended to improve verification, oversight and administrative functions to ensure that children in need of new homes will be able to receive the love and care they need from qualified adoptive parents from other countries. This draft legislation will be submitted to parliament.

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