East TN family fights to bring children back home to USA

An East Tennessee family is continuing its fight to bring two of their children home from the Congo.

WBIR 10News first told you about the Carroll family, of Jefferson City, in December. Alana and Justin Carroll legally adopted two boys, Neema and Canaan, from the Congo in 2012.

Late last year, Justin went to the Congo to pick the boys up, but government officials told him he could not take his children home.

The Congolese government suspended all exiting adoptions from that country citing fraudulent activity on the behalf of some adoptive families.

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As a result, the Carrolls have been in limbo ever since.

The family had to temporarily leave the boys in Congo, in February, when the situation became a financial burden on the family.

Now, the boys are with a foster family, as their parents in East Tennessee continue to think of ways to bring them home.

In recent weeks, the family has gotten some support too. On Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Congo's president to lift that country's adoption suspension.

"He brought that up in his diplomatic agenda," said Alana Carroll.

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Some of Tennessee's most powerful leaders, like senators Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander have voiced their support for the family too.

However, there have been setbacks. About three weeks ago, officials from the Congo were scheduled to meet with their US counterparts to discuss the adoption process, but the Congolese canceled just days before the meeting.

It's a pattern the Carrolls have gotten used to.

"The instability of the Congo," said Justin Carroll. "You never know what's going to happen."

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The family said they have even considered moving to the Congo if they cannot get the boys to the United States.

According to the Carrolls, the State Department has told the family the Congo's suspension could be lifted by September.

In the meantime, the family's Jefferson City church, Providence Church, has set up a 24-hour prayer network to support the family beginning this Saturday.


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