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 (www.bothendsburning.org), a nonprofit advocacy organization assisting the families stuck in this process.

I look forward to your help.

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Being an adoptive (active) mother of two children that are from outside the U.S., this is a parents worst nighmare. PLEASE get these children home to their families! We need immediate progressive activity! Thank you in advance for your support.
President Kabila,
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Cinda Lowe ( my grand-daughters call me "grammie"). I have two adoapted grandsons (Liam and Hank, they calll me "mama cocoa",) both names have a very special place in my heart. I can't wait for all four of my grandchildern to be together.
You see President Kabila, Liam and Hank are still in Kinshasha. Caught up in all the red tape.They need "Exisit Letters" that only you can sign. I know you are trying to do what is best for the orphans and protect them. I'm sure as a mother, that someone who loved/loves you very much taught you that. To take care of thoese who couldn't take care of themselves. What an honorable thing you are doing.
President Kabila, I along with many other Mama Cocoa's are waiting with open arms to take up this responsibility. Sir you can pass this duty off. If you would please find it in the goodness of your heart to issue the exisit letters that would allow Liam and Hank Brewer along with the other childern that have been legally adoapted to come home to their new loving families it would be appreciated.
May God Bless and Keep You.
Cinda Lowe
Please help -- these kids are losing vital time for attachment and growth. Their brains are developing rapidly without the stimulation and love of a home environment.