Discover fast facts about adopting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo along with find links to helpful resources and adoption agencies placing children from Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Intercountry adoption from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been suspended since September 25, 2013, when the Congolese Ministry of Interior and Security, General Direction of Migration (DGM) stopped issuing the exit permits that would allow children to leave the country with their adoptive parents. The U.S. State Department alert reported that the suspension was “due to concerns over reports that children adopted from the Democratic Republic of the Congo may be either abused by adoptive families or adopted by a second set of parents once in their receiving countries.”
In September 2014, the DRC announced that its exit permit suspension for adopted children would remain in effect indefinitely. Despite this announcement, Congolese courts have continued to process adoption decrees and the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa continues to process visa applications for children adopted by U.S. citizens — leaving many Congolese children legally adopted, yet unable to leave the country. Due to these factors, the U.S. Department of State has asked all adoption agencies to cease referring new DRC adoption cases for U.S. prospective adoptive parents at this time.
For up-to-date information, visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo Adoption page on the U.S. State Department’s website. Get parent-to-parent advice and support in the International Adoption Support group in our online community, Adoptive Families Circle.