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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 children?s 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 people?s 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.
Public Comments
Mar 10th, 2015
Someone from Frisco, TX writes:
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Please allow these children to come home to their family in America. It is not fair to the children or the oarents.
Mar 10th, 2015
Someone from Mesquite, TX signed.
Mar 10th, 2015
Someone from Carrollton, TX signed.
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Someone from Rockwall, TX signed.
Mar 8th, 2015
Someone from Keene, TX signed.
Feb 17th, 2015
Someone from Andover, MN writes:
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You are busy people, who do important things. I pray that you would find in your hearts the compassion to make the time to do what you can to help save these children, and to connect with the government of Congo on this matter. Please help these children and these families in this situation. Thank you so much.
Feb 15th, 2015
Someone from Alexandria, VA signed.
Feb 14th, 2015
Someone from Melissa, TX signed.
Feb 14th, 2015
Someone from Scottsdale, AZ writes:
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Please do all you can to get these children safely to their families soon! This is important. These children matter. They need their families and their families so desperately want them. We need your help. If this is not an urgent issue to be addressed immediately by the government, then I do not know what is.
Feb 14th, 2015
Someone from Scottsdale, AZ signed.
Feb 13th, 2015
Someone from Leander, TX signed.
Feb 12th, 2015
Someone from Austin, TX writes:
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The safety and well-being of the adopted children should be a primary concern. Please take steps to encourage and assist the DRC in expediting the legal adoption process for those children already legally adopted but who are left to wait. Please help resolve this issue as quickly as possible!
Feb 12th, 2015
Someone from Green Bay, WI signed.
Feb 12th, 2015
Someone from Lemon Grove, CA writes:
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My grandson is waiting in the DRC to come home to his forever family. Please help our family welcome him home!
Feb 12th, 2015
Someone from Springville, UT signed.
Feb 11th, 2015
Someone from Bloomington, IN writes:
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My friend waited for five and a half years for the adoption of her Guatemalan daughter to be finalized. She asked that I sign this petition in support of the mothers and fathers waiting to bring home their children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Please urge the U.S. State Department to resolve this situation.
Feb 11th, 2015
Someone from Baraboo, WI signed.
Feb 11th, 2015
Someone from Hartselle, AL signed.
Feb 11th, 2015
Someone from Colchester, VT writes:
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Please bring these children home!!
Feb 11th, 2015
Someone from Charlevoix, MI signed.
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Someone from Nashville, TN signed.
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Someone from Mount Pleasant, MI signed.
Feb 11th, 2015
Someone from Fort Walton Beach, FL writes:
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Please help get these babies to their families that love them.
Feb 10th, 2015
Someone from Dallas, TX writes:
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These families are desperate and heartbroken and they need your help. Please do not consider this someone else's problem and please take action to help these children come home.
Feb 10th, 2015
Someone from Trinity, AL signed.
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Someone from La Mesa, CA signed.
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Someone from Minneapolis, MN signed.
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Someone from Nashville, TN signed.
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Someone from Nashville, TN signed.
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Someone from Goodlettsville, TN signed.
Feb 10th, 2015
Someone from Chesapeake, VA signed.
Feb 10th, 2015
Someone from Hood River, OR writes:
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It is human cruelty to the parents and the children... I bet if someone in congress or better yet a celebrity, had an adopted child from drc they would be home post haste!
Feb 10th, 2015
Someone from Austin, TX signed.
Feb 9th, 2015
Someone from Gibson, MO writes:
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Please hear they plea's these family's have waited long enough to bring their little ones home ,some has even died waiting to come home so please solve the crisis so all the children can come home.
Feb 9th, 2015
Someone from Campbell, TX writes:
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Please help get the children stuck in (DRC) come home where they belong
Feb 9th, 2015
Someone from Blytheville, AR writes:
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please Help!!! My daughter and family is in DRC awaiting an exit letter for their adopted son so They can come home .it's very costly there they don't know how much longer They can stay but cannot leave their son behind .Please help so this doesn't happen
Feb 9th, 2015
Someone from Manila, AR signed.
Feb 9th, 2015
Someone from Mechanicville, NY writes:
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Having 5 internationaly adopted children, I understand these familys pain. One of our children took 3 1/2 years to get her home. It's just not fair to these children, everyday they aren't with there famly is only hurting them. Please let them go home.
Feb 9th, 2015
Someone from Kapaa, HI signed.
Feb 8th, 2015
Someone from Bixby, OK signed.

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