US parents stuck in Congo with adopted children

By By DAVID CRARY

Dozens of American families trying to adopt children from Congo are in limbo because of that country's recent decision to suspend international adoptions.

Most of the families are awaiting a resolution from their homes in the U.S. However, a few parents whose adoptions had been approved have actually taken custody of their adopted children in Kinshasa, Congo's capital.

Exit papers for the children are being withheld pending further case-by-case reviews, and the parents don't want to leave Kinshasa without them.

The U.S. State Department says all applications for exit permits for adopted children are facing increased scrutiny because of concerns over suspected falsification of documents. Congolese authorities have attributed the suspension to concerns that some children had been abused or abandoned by their adoptive parents.

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