Statements made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (Paris, January 17, 2014)

Central African Republic

France welcomes the increase in troop strength of MISCA [AFISM-CAR], the African force deployed in the Central African Republic, which will soon comprise more than 5,000 soldiers and police officers. We pay tribute to its decisive action to protect the civilian populations and to restore stability in the country.

France welcomes the recent deployment of Congolese, Burundian and Rwandan contingents, with logistical support from the United States.

What can you tell us regarding the suspension of adoption procedures in the Central African Republic?

In a ruling issued on January 17, France suspended, until further notice, international adoptions by any person resident in France or any French citizen residing abroad of children of Central African nationality residing in the Central African Republic.

The Central African Republic recently became one of the leading countries of origin for children adopted in Africa by French families. There has been a significant increase in adoptions in this country, with 66 in 2013 compared with only 43 in 2012. The adoptions are either arranged independently (with families using the services of a local lawyer) or through the “Vivre en famille” organization. 

Given the current situation in the Central African Republic, adoptions are being suspended in the best interests of the children and the adoptive families. This suspension is temporary and will apply until the conditions for human and legal security can again be guaranteed. 

This suspension only relates to future adoptions and therefore does not apply to adoption requests already registered with the International Adoption Mission on the date of the ruling. These requests will be reviewed in accordance with the current procedures and the future adoptive parents will be accompanied by the International Adoption Mission with the support of our embassy in the Central African Republic, which has been made aware of these cases.