The first thing to note is that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has a few requirements of people adopting through their country.
- Married couples and singles must be over 25 years old.
- Singles can adopt children of the same gender.
- Couples should be married at least 5 years.
- Couples should have no more than 2 children at home already.*
If you meet the requirements set out by the DRC and decide to adopt from there your steps would include:
- Finding and applying with an agency that preforms Congolese adoptions.
- Fill out all the paperwork that will make up your dossier, including your homestudy. This usually takes a few months to complete.
- Get on the waitlist for your referral. Depending on the age and gender you are asking for this usually takes a few months, exact wait times vary from agency to agency. (I should also mention that some agencies that work with the DRC have a list of waiting children to select from so you can pretty much skip this step.)
- Get your referral. Such a big day! This is the day they send you photos and medical info on your little one and you can decide to accept the referral or wait for a different one.
- Then a bunch of legal stuff happens, which takes a few months. A court date will take place in the DRC (which we do not have to be present for).
- Travel! Once all the legal paperwork has been completed then you get to travel to pick up your little one(s)!
If you have any questions regarding Congolese adoptions I would love to try to help answer them!