Please help resolve the pending adoptions from Democratic Republic of Congo

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I am a constituent and voter living in your congressional district. I am writing today to ask for your help in solving a problem I care deeply about.

Hundreds of children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that were in the process of being adopted by American families are now stuck without any resolution in sight. Many of these children have been legally adopted by US families through the DRC courts and have US visas issued by the US Embassy in Kinshasa. Yet the DRC has suspended the issuance of exit letters, an immigration document required for these children to leave the country. As a result, there is no way for the adoptive parents to be united with their children short of relocating to DRC indefinitely.

These children are stuck because DRC declared a moratorium on exit letters for all adoptions that had not been approved by September 25, 2013. Yet even for families whose cases were approved by that date, exit letters have been withheld.

I wish I could tell you exactly how many families are directly impacted by this problem. I cannot because even six months into this crisis, the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have not even bothered to cross-reference their lists of families in the process of adoption to create a complete listing of the pipeline families that are now stuck. Even more disappointingly, there has been little diplomatic effort with the DRC government to resolve this issue.

Every day that passes, these waiting children are being damaged. They need a solution now!

I believe you can help solve this crisis. Could you:
Ask Secretary of State Kerry to take a personal interest in resolving this situation. Please express to the Secretary how important innocent childrens lives are to you and ask for his help in resolving this situation immediately;
Send a letter asking President Joseph Kabila and the Prime Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo of the DRC to intercede so that these children can be united with their adoptive parents immediately; and
Speak publicly about your support for these American families and their children.

I know you ran for office out of a desire to make a true difference in peoples lives. I hope you will take this opportunity to do just that. The lives of hundreds of innocent orphan children are depending upon you. If you desire additional information, please contact Kelly Ensslin at Both Ends Burning (, a nonprofit advocacy organization assisting the families stuck in this process.

I look forward to your help.

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This is so rediculous! Let them get their kids.Why make the kids suffer? Please, lift this band.
Get er done .No excuses, tired of hearing we can't do this ....cant do that Bring these kids home. This will sound a bit low, but if these kids were Hispanic they would be on the couch at home already,
Get er done... you idiots. Bring these kids home
Please help this sweet family and dear friends bring their son kado home from the Congo! With much time, dedication, and trips invested, it pains me to see that they have officially adopted him, but one slip is holding them up from being their son home! He is already lived by so many people, Please help before situation gets worse in Africa!
Thank you!
my friends have made many trips with their entire family to be with their son Kado. Please help them be united at their home in the US.
Thank you
Please let these children come home to their adoptive parents who have planned, provided and are waiting for them to join the rest of their family. These kids know their new family and meeting them and seeing them leave is confusing and damaging as they continue to develop and live in an institution. Please bring them home!
Every child needs a family. These children deserve better than life in an institution.