WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is among 167 U.S. lawmakers urging President Obama to involve himself personally in resolving an impasse with the Congolese government in processing the pending adoptions of hundreds of children to U.S. parents.  Diplomatic efforts so far have not resolved the situation, continuing to leave many children and adoptive families in limbo, including adoptive families in Iowa.

“The families went through the proper channels, then faced an unexpected decision from the Congolese government,” Grassley said.  “Diplomatic efforts haven’t worked, and direct involvement from the President is necessary to resolve the impasse.”

When the situation initially came to light, Grassley’s staff contacted the State Department regarding the matter on behalf of the Iowa families.  He also asked the U.S. ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to review each family’s situation and to do everything possible to resolve the issue.  Grassley has met with Iowa families who are in limbo in their adoptions.  He also has co-sponsored a pending resolution that would request a series of steps to resolve the situation. 

The resolution text is available here.

The text of the 167 lawmakers’ letter to the President, sent Wednesday, is available here.

The text of a prior letter Grassley signed is available here.

Grassley is a longtime advocate for policies that improve the ability of children to secure permanent, loving homes, including policies that promote adoption from foster care.