Policy Changes for US Families Looking to Adopt in the DRC

The U.S. embassy in Kinshasa has announced changes to its adoption policy.

These changes concern families from the United States looking to adopt children from the Democratic Republic of Congo, specifically a change in the order of the visa interview, which will now occur after a full field investigation of the I-600 petition from the American individual or family. These field investigations, the press release states, takes approximately three to six months to complete.

Also of interest for further investigation is mention of the alleged use of “expediting fees,” which act as bribes to speed up the process of adoption.

Here are some examples I found on social media of Americans sharing their experience adopting from the DRC in 2013:


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