STATEMENT ON DECISION TO ISSUE EXIT PERMITS FOR CERTAIN INTERNATIONAL ADOPTIONS
WASHINGTON, DC—The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Ambassador to the United States, H.E. François Balumuene, released the following statement regarding the decision by the DRC government to proceed with the issuance of exit permits for certain pending international adoptions.
“I am pleased that our government has been able to complete its review of these pending international adoptions, and that 69 Congolese children will now be united with their adoptive families,” Ambassador Balumuene said.
“Our government, like others, takes great care in addressing the adoption of Congolese children by foreign parents,” noted Ambassador Balumuene. “We recognize that the period during which our government reviewed these cases, and continues to review others, has been trying and difficult for the families involved. Our goal is to ensure that all adoptions comply with domestic and international laws and that our children receive the best care and love when they leave the country.”
“Our review of other pending cases and current adoption policies continues with these objectives in mind,” explained Ambassador Balumuene. “I have met with American parents and their representatives in Congress to convey our determination to complete this process as soon as possible, and look forward to future partnership with the U.S. and these adoptive families to resolve all remaining cases.”
The DRC government initiated a moratorium on international adoptions in 2013 due to domestic and international adoption law violations that involved the kidnapping of Congolese children from their families.
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