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Adoptive parents await visas to bring their children home

In South Carolina and, indeed, across the United States, there are many couples who would like children, but are unable to have their own. Others may have children already, but want to expand their families, or simply help a child in need. Whatever the motive, many parents choose to adopt. The adoption process is not always straightforward, however, particularly for families who take on an international child.

One family in Dallas has been facing that very issue. They adopted two Congolese girls on a visit to the Congo this year. The girls have been living with a friend of the couple who has founded a nonprofit organization, Congo Restoration. The aim of the organization is to help victims of violence and war. The adoption was approved by Congolese courts last summer. However, the next part is the hardest.

According to staff members from the U.S. embassy in Kinshasa, this could take months. The necessary verification process proving that the children are adoptable orphans is located in a violence-ravaged area nearly 1,000 miles away. Nevertheless, the couple, who already have two sons, are not giving up hope. In the meantime, they have been raising money constantly in order to fund their trips to visit the girls.

In recent years, rules surrounding international adoption have become far stricter. This is to help reduce human trafficking and to protect children from being adopted by people who don't fully account for what raising an adopted child can sometimes entail.

Some countries, such as Russia and Guatemala have instituted a complete ban on U.S. adoptions.

This family may be in another state, but parents in South Carolina can surely sympathize with them. If you are planning to expand your family, it is certainly a worthy cause. However, it is important to be prepared so you don't make any mistakes during the adoption process. An attorney can advise you on your options and guide you through the relevant legislation. 

Source: Dallas News, "Dallas family left in limbo with international adoption," Dianne Solís, May 10, 2014

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