WASHINGTON DC -
Families trying to adopt children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo may soon have help from the law.
Senator Mitch McConnell is co-sponsoring a resolution that would help families by lifting an exit permit suspension that has prevented almost 800 children who have been adopted or are in the process of being adopted by American families.
The Congolese Ministry of Interior and Security lifted the requirement for exit permits for adopted children leaving the country with their adoptive parents in September 2013.
Almost 350 children were legally adopted by families in the US, but less than 20 children received exit permits to leave the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
More than 20 families in the Commonwealth are affected by the exit permits in trying to adopt children from the DRC.