Summary: H.Res.588 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (07/08/2014)

Affirms that all children deserve a safe, loving, and permanent family.

Recognizes the importance of ensuring that international adoptions of all children are conducted in an ethical and transparent manner.

Expresses concern over the increasing number of new adoption cases that have been opened and the impact on children and families of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's suspension of exit permits.

Requests that the Congolese government: (1) resume issuing exit permits for all children that have been adopted and continue processing adoptions that are already underway, and (2) expedite the processing of adoptions involving medically fragile children.

Encourages continued cooperation between the Department of State and the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to improve the intercountry adoption process and ensure the welfare of all children adopted from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.