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Dubuque mom pleads for adopted children to come home

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Erin Peat of Dubuque is among dozens of families pleading for lawmakers to help bring adopted children home. Erin Peat of Dubuque is among dozens of families pleading for lawmakers to help bring adopted children home.
Erin Peat of Dubuque is among dozens of families pleading for lawmakers to help bring adopted children home. Erin Peat of Dubuque is among dozens of families pleading for lawmakers to help bring adopted children home.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) - Erin Peat from Dubuque was among dozens of parents at the nation's capitol Tuesday and Wednesday, asking lawmakers to help bring adopted children home from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

The Peat family had the adoption process of their two children suspended as they were getting ready to bring them home to Iowa after government officials in the DRC stopped issuing exit permits, a document required for children to legally leave the country.

As a result, the Peats pay for their legally adopted children, Graham and Olivia, to live in a foster home in the DRC. 

"We worry everyday about our kids and their health. Malaria is a very high concern. My son was treated for that just a couple weeks ago," said Peat.

The Peats, along with hundreds of other families in the U.S., are hoping lawmakers will encourage Secretary of State John Kerry to support their families by pressuring Congolese officials to resume the issuance of exit letters which would allow many of the children to come home.

Peat told KWWL Wednesday morning that meetings with lawmakers have gone well. 

"Some offices are just being polite in giving us a small amount of time, and others have been very receptive to what we have to say and to learning about our kids," she said in an email.

Congressman Bruce Braley represents the Peat's district and pledged he would not stop fighting for the kids who are stuck in the DRC until they are able to join their family in Iowa.

"These families and their children deserve much better, and that's why it's up to me and people I work with up here -- Democrats, Republicans in the House and Senate -- to give this issue the priority it deserves and break through this log jam so these children can come to their families," he said.

"It's going to take people with powerful voices helping us. Right now as parents, we feel powerless which is a hard, hard place to be as a parent," said Peat.

Congressman Tom Latham's office released a statement Wednesday saying he signed on as a co-sponsor of House Resolution 588 which calls on the Congolese government to resume processing adoption cases and issuing exit permits.

Additionally, a spokesman from Latham's office said the congressman is drafting a letter to the State Department which will be sent by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, an official from the State Department told KWWL that Congolese government officials have not responded "favorably" to pressure from the U.S.

"There has been no lack of effort on our part," he said, adding that the State Department regrets families are in this predicament.

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