June 11, 2010
In response to a recent posting by another US adoption group indicating they are experiencing delays and disappointments with their DRC adoption program and as a result are no longer accepting adoption applications for Congo, MLJ Adoptions, Inc. would like to provide you with the following update:
MLJ Adoptions, Inc. is not experiencing changes or delays in our Congo adoption process, with one minor exception. We have been advised by our foreign staff that the Congolese Passport office has gone on strike. For clients who have already received their child’s Congolese passport this does not effect your adoption. For clients still waiting on their child’s passport, please note that the US Embassy can provide permission for an adopted child to travel to the U.S. without a Congolese passport. Should the Congolese passport office continue their strike at the time your child is ready for a passport, we will proceed with obtaining the embassy clearance to allow your child to travel without a passport.
MLJ Adoptions, Inc. works very hard with our foreign staff to have procedures in place to overcome such obstacles. While we have no control over foreign governments and their policies and procedures, we are diligent at doing what we can to keep everyone’s adoption process moving forward. It is important to remember that timelines that we give you are alway approximate timelines and, as with any international adoption program and as we have outlined in our contract documents, delays are always possible and beyond our control.
Lastly, please remember, while the internet provides a wealth of information, much of the information can be inaccurate. Your most accurate updates will come from staff members of MLJ Adoptions, Inc.