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DRC GOVERNMENT APPROVES RELEASE OF 159 CONGOLESE CHILDREN TO ADOPTIVE FAMILIES

WASHINGTON, DC — H.E. François Balumuene, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Ambassador to the United States, issued the following statement today regarding the approval of 159 pending international adoption applications by the DRC government this week.

“I am pleased that after the government’s careful review of all international adoption applications, we are able to unite these 159 children with their adoptive parents. Our government is working to resolve the remaining cases and establish new procedures for future adoptions that ensure the safety and well-being of our children.”

“The government has indicated that the remaining cases will be decided upon soon as the commission continues its review process, and that adoptive parents will be informed of decisions made on them by their respective embassies.”

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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