The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is quickly becoming
recognized as a wonderful option for families looking to grow their
families through adoption. The DRC has about 4.2 million
orphan children due to significant poverty, death of one or more
parents by HIV/AIDS, war and famine. There are many benefits to this
program including fast processing times and very quick referrals.
- Adopting parents may be married,
single, widowed or divorced. Single men may adopt as well.
- Single persons may adopt a child of
the opposite sex only if it is a very young baby. Otherwise individual
applicants should request to adopt a child of the same gender.
- Homosexual couples or individuals
are excluded to be adoptive parent.
- Couples should have been married
for at least 5 years and be at least 15 years older than the intended
- Any person who has a prior history
of child abuse is not permitted to adopt.
- There is no upper age limit for
adopting parents but minimum age is 25 (to meet USCIS requirements)
- No couple may adopt more than 3
children unless a subsequent prospective adoptee is the biological
child of one of the parents.
- No adoptive parent may marry the
- Prospective adoptive parents do not
need be permanent or long-term residents of the DRC.
- There is medical ineligibility for
adoptive parents. An adoptive parent should not be mental disabled.
for adoption in DRC is relatively quick compared to many international
programs. As with international programs, please note that timelines
and processes are subject to change in the foreign country, and are out
of the control of A Love Beyond Borders. Adoptive parents will weather
their adoption better and with greater happiness if they are flexible,
patient and understanding of the conditions in the Congo and the lack
of resources/information available.
Once your program application and contract for adoption services has
been received and approved, you will begin working on the various
stages of the adoption. The average adoption in DRC takes 8-12 months
depending on several factors including: when you join the program, is
home study complete or just starting, age and gender of child you hope
to adopt, etc.
The following list outlines the process for adopting from the
Democratic Rebublic of Congo:
- Program Application and Contract
for Adoption Services received and approved.
- Home study. Select a licensed
international adoption agency to provide home study and post placement
- Dossier preparation begins and is
completed. The dossier for DRC is relatively simple compared to many
countries and we will provide guidance on each step.
- I600-A petition filing with USCIS
(United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).
- The big exciting day: Receive
referral of a child available for adoption! You will be
provided with 1-2 photos of the child, medical information (lab results
for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Syphilis, parasites), social
history on the child and reason for his/her placement for adoption, and
copies of any documents the agency has received on the child. Typically
most children will have malaria and parasites, all are treated in DRC
and once you have them home. Please speak to an international adoption
medical clinic/professional when you receive your referral so you are
fully informed of the child’s health condition and risks.
- Once you’ve accepted your referral,
your dossier is sent to our attorney in Congo where the court date is
requested and set, usually within one month after dossier is received.
Adoptive parents are not present at the court hearing, and the adoption
occurs on your behalf through the power of attorney you will grant to
our representative in DRC.
- After the appropriate time has
passed and all legal items completed, the adoption approved and Decree
- File I-600 at USCIS in the US (or
at Embassy in Kinshasa).
- Begin vaccination program for
pending travel to Congo. Please review recommended vaccinations at the
CDC’s website specific to DRC.
- We will notify you that you are
approved to travel to Kinshasa to receive your child.
- A Love Beyond Borders will guide
you with travel preparations, including securing a visa for entry into
DRC, and ensure that the staff in Kinshasa meets you and your final
part of the process goes smoothly.
- Travel to Kinshasa for
approximately 10-14 days to receive child, complete US immigration
process and receive your child’s US immigrant visa. Then our staff in
country will help you apply for/receive child’s exit permit from DRC
- Approval to go home!
After the adoption is approved in Congo, and when it is time to pick up
the child, one or both adoptive parents will make one trip of 7 days
to Kinshasa, DRC. At this time you will meet your child and complete
his/her US immigration and Congolese exit requirements. If only one
parent travels the second parent will provide a power of attorney for
the traveling spouse to complete the process on his or her own.
Families will be met by our staff at the airport upon arrival in DRC
and escorted to an American-style hotel frequented by governmental and
NGO staff from the US Embassy and other nations. Parents are also
escorted to the US Embassy and Congolese Migration Office by the
attorney and translator.
are anticipated to have the usual third world health problems (the
majority treatable) and immediate medical evaluation and testing once
home is strongly recommended. The largest health problems in DR Congo
are parasitic, malaria, malnutrition, measles, tuberculosis (TB),
childhood illnesses, and HIV/AIDS. All children placed through our
program are screened for HIV/AIDs, Hepatitis and Syphillis and may
include malaria and parasitic testing.
Beyond Borders requires placement reports and photos of the child at 1
month, 6 months and 12 months after the child arrives to the home. In
addition, adoptive parents are required to submit self-generated post
placement reports annually until the child is three years old.
Kinshasa; population of 5,717,000
2,344,855 square kilometers (905,365 square miles) – DR Congo is
enormous country and covers approximately 1/3 the size of the
Continental United States!
French, Lingala, Kingwana, Kikongo, Tshiluba. French is the primary
language used in business and day to day life.
Roman Catholic, Protestant, Kimbanguist, Muslim, traditional
GDP per Capita:
Mining (diamonds, copper, zinc), mineral processing, consumer products
Coffee, sugar, palm oil, rubber; wood products
Diamonds, copper, crude oil, coffee, cobalt
Straddling the Equator, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the
third largest country in Africa (after Sudan and Algeria). The mighty
Congo River flows north and then south through a land rich in minerals,
fertile farmlands, and rain forests. The country has a tiny coast on
the Atlantic Ocean, just enough to accommodate the mouth of the Congo
River. The forested Congo River basin occupies 60 percent of the
nation's area, creating a central region that is a communication
barrier between the capital, Kinshasa, in the west, the mountainous
east, and the southern mineral-rich highlands. As many as 250 ethnic
groups speaking some 700 local languages and dialects endure one of the
world's lowest living standards. War, government corruption, neglected
public services, and depressed copper and coffee markets are
Due to the nature of international
adoptions,the requirements, timelines and fees are subject to change