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Dubuque family asks Iowans to help bring adopted kids home

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Mike and Erin Peat of Dubuque are urging Iowans to participate in a nationwide White House call-in day on Wednesday to help bring adopted children like the Peats' children home.

The Peats adopted two children, Graham and Olivia, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but because government officials in the DRC quit issuing exit letters (a required document for the children to leave the DRC), the Peats can't bring them home to Iowa.

Graham and Olivia remain in foster care in the DRC until the country resumes the issuance of exit permits, but the Peats worry their children may never be able to come home to their family.

The Peat family, along with at least a dozen other Iowa families, are working closely with "Both Ends Burning," an organization that advocates for the rights of orphaned children, and they are asking Iowans to participate in a nationwide "White House Call-In Day" on Wednesday.

They are urging people to call (202) 456-1111 on Wednesday and leave a comment requesting President Obama discuss a resolution to this adoption crisis that impacts their family.

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