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Congo Adoption Fast Facts

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.

Democratic Republic of the Congo AdoptionIntercountry 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. As per this announcement, 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.

Democratic Republic of the Congo Adoption Fast Facts
  • 2013 Adoptions: 311 children

  • Hague Country: No

  • Estimated Total Cost: $25,000 to $40,000

  • Profile of Children: 69% of children are 1 to 4 years old. 54% are girls (2013).

  • Parent Ages: Parents must be at least 15 years older than the adopted child. There is no upper-age limit.

  • Family Status: Married couples should be married for at least five years. Couples may not adopt more than three children, and cannot have more than two children when they adopt (except in the case of siblings or biological children). Singles and same-sex couples may not adopt.

  • Travel: Parents must travel at least once to register the judgment of adoption and pick up their child. This trip lasts roughly a week.

  • Timeline: Generally between one and two years, however there is currently an indefinite wait for exit permits.

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