Dallas family works to bring home adopted son from Republic of Congo

A North Texas family has traded in their comfortable Dallas home and jobs as E.R. doctors for life in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

They adopted a 2-year-old boy and say they aren't coming home ‘til the government allows him to return with them.

Last month, Andy Kahn, his wife Amy and their three daughters moved from Dallas to Kinshasa, the capital city, in hopes of bringing home their 2-year-old son, Daniel.

"We are prepared to stay here for as long as we can sustain it," said Andy.

Andy met Daniel in an orphanage in 2013.

The family legally adopted him and supported him financially while working to bring him to the U.S. But later that year, the Congolese government stopped issuing exit papers for adopted children, leaving the Kahns and hundreds of other families in legal limbo.

"We are still eagerly awaiting the OK from the Congolese government to allow us to bring him home," said Andy.

The adoption crisis even reached the White House. Pres. Obama recently urged the local government for a resolution.

The Kahns had planned to relocate in May, but moved up the date, hopeful after the president's remarks. They quickly left their jobs of eight years as E.R. doctors with Baylor Medical Center in Garland, packing up the girls and moving to Africa.

Brian Newby with Northwest Bible Church says the Kahns have long helped refugee families and at one point, even sold their Lakewood house and moved into the Vickery Meadows neighborhood of Dallas to minister to recent immigrants.

"They are willing to let go of what they see as, what makes my life comfortable, what makes my life meaningful, and say, ‘You know, what makes life meaningful is serving others,'" said Newby.

Daniel is finally with his new family in Kinshasa but is still unable to leave the country.

In Andy's blog, he calls the new sleeping arrangement a Jenga puzzle.

Sen. John Cornyn's office has also gotten involved meeting with families and urging the DRC government to allow these families to return home united.

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