At this time we are not accepting new applications into our Congo program due to the number of families in the program and the current suspension measure in place within The Democratic Republic of Congo. Please refer to www.adoption.state.gov for the latest information on adoptions in The Democratic Republic of Congo. We always advise families looking at Congolese adoptions to review the country’s travel warnings on www.travel.state.gov as well.
Lifeline Children’s Services began a pilot program to place children from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011. As we are still in the pilot stages of this program, we will be seeking families who can be flexible, are open to varying ages and possible special needs of children, and have an understanding that because this is still a new program to expect changes in their adoption process.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a country located in Central Africa with a population of 71 million, making it one of the most populous nations in the world. It is boarded by countries such as The Congo, Rwanda, and South Sudan. The official language is French and Christianity is the major religion. The Congo River is the second longest river in Africa and flows through the capital city of Kinshasa making it a city of sharp contrasts. Due to numerous African wars, much of the people of DRC have been afflicted and struggled to provide their basic needs. This has greatly impacted the number of children who are orphaned and are in need of loving homes. There is estimated to be between 50,000-100,000 children living in orphanages or considered street children who struggle to survive.