Basically, it means that the Congolese government isn't giving out exit visas. You cannot bring your child home without an exit visa. In essence, it is temporarily (according to the memo, up to 12 months) shutting down adoptions. They have given no wording of what it means for families with referrals, or families currently in Congo trying to leave with their children.
Truthfully, I am not surprised at this. Only surprised that it took this long for something to happen. I am, however, surprised that the Congolese shut it down first. My thoughts after watching the program through the last two years is that the US would have seen all the crap going on both by the Congolese side, as well as with US adoption agencies, and pulled the plug themselves.
It's a sad situation. And I have no idea what it means for the future of Congolese adoptions. Holly wrote a great article on some thoughts about what has happened and the why. She has an excellent view on Congo adoptions in general given the fact that she and her family lived in Congo for 4 1/2 years. I recommend you pop over to read her article about the exit visas stopping.
And in the mean time, if you are interested in Congo adoptions, I would sit tight. I would not sign on with an agency who pooh-poohs this as something small or says that they can get you most of the way and then wait on the exit visas becoming available again. Maybe they will, maybe they won't. But in my mind, an agency is not ethical if they are continuing their program in light of such a strong statement as the most recently released memo from the US Embassy in Kinshasa.