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NOTICE: October 1, 2013: THE DRC has placed a hold on issuing visas to children being internationally adopted. It is recommended that families refrain from pursuing a DRC adoption at this time. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is just beginning to open their doors to international adoption. At the time of this writing (March 2010) the Congo is a non-Hague country. Families wishing to adopt from this country should thoroughly research the program and the adoption agency placing children. New programs require flexibility from families and are best for families that are willing to network with other families who are adopting from or have adopted from the same country.

Children Available: Children are available from infancy to early teens, but most children who are available for adoption are between 6 and 14 years of age. Sibling groups are not common. However, adopting two unrelated children at the same time is possible. All children are tested for HIV and sometimes tested for Sickle Cell Anemia, Hepatitis B and C. Older children are also screened for TB. Malnutrition and upper respiratory illnesses are common among these children..

Parent Qualifications: Both married couples and singles may adopt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There are currently no upper age restrictions for adoptive parents. Families are encouraged to have no more than 2 children currently living at home, though exceptions in family-size are made.

Travel: Children may be escorted to the US. If a parent should choose to travel, the trip will last approximately 8 days.

Timeline: A family must complete a homestudy before being matched with a child. The referral of a child is made prior to the full dossier being submitted to the court. A family will be given adequate time to review a child's medical information before accepting the referral of the child. Once the dossier is submitted for a specific child, the legal process can be as short as 5 months. As a new program, families should understand that this timeline can fluctuate and is only approximate.

To contact all agencies placing children from Congo with just one form, click here
Resources Suggest a Link/Resource
Congo Adoption Blogs
So You Wanna Adopt from the DRC?
US Department of State
Yahoo Group - Our Hearts in Congo
Online Communities
CongoAdopt Yahoo Group
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