Sammamish family fights to bring adopted boys home from Africa
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- The Boyer family is one 350 American families fighting to bring their legally adopted children home from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
This week, the Boyers and other families from across the county will take their fight to Washington, D.C. where they will meet with members of Congress in an effort to get more support and help in order to bring these children home.
More than 18 months ago, the African county stopped taking the final step to allow the children to leave the county for their new adopted home, despite being legally adopted.
For Jason and Jennefer Boyer, the adoption process started more than two years ago. They wanted to add two young orphan boys to their current family that includes two little girls.
"Our draw was to Africa and later we found Congo was the best match for us," said Jennefer Boyer, who is desperate to bring her 5- and 2-year-old boys to their home in Sammamish.
After a major six month screening process, Jason and Jennifer became the legal parents of Andre and Luke. They flew to DR Congo to bring the boys home, but the Congolese government would not take the final step of issuing an exit letter to release the boys.
"We are their parents and a parent's duty is to take care of their children," Jennefer Boyer said. "And they're not letting us fulfill the duty we thought we had."
The U.S. Department of State told the Boyers and other families that they'll have to wait until new adoptive laws are written in DR Congo -- a process that won't even begin until September.
"Our biggest fear is that it's going to drag on forever and that there won't even be a resolution," said Jason Boyer.
Meanwhile, little Andre and Luke are currently in foster care in DR Congo while the Boyers do everything they can to bring their young boys home.
"We want our children to know and everyone else to know what a struggle this is and that we're not giving up," said Jason Boyer.
Meetings in Washington D.C. get under way Monday.