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Lawmakers work on resolution for stalled international adoptions

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) - A resolution urging Congolese government officials to resume international adoptions is making its way to the House floor.

HR588 was passed in a foreign affairs committee last week after dozens of American families showed up at the capitol to advocate for their adopted children to come home.

Lawmakers believe more than 450 American families have had their adoptions suspended in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after Congolese government officials stopped issuing exit permits, a required document for children to legally leave the DRC.

There are at least a dozen families impacted in Iowa, including the Peat family in Dubuque who can't bring their legally adopted children home from the DRC.

Congressman Bruce Braley, who represents the Peat's district, is among a handful of lawmakers pushing Speaker John Boehner to quickly bring HR588 to the House Floor for a vote.

"There are hundreds of families like the Peats who are living every day in limbo, worrying that they won’t be able to bring their children home,” Braley said in a statement. “I urge Speaker Boehner to immediately bring this resolution to a vote. It’s important that we continue to keep up the pressure on the Congolese government.”

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