Effective May 20, 2016, the Ugandan Children’s Act was amended, in an attempt to close loopholes exploited by child traffickers, to set in place a new law that involves a one year residency in Uganda for all families in order to adopt from the country. At this time, we continue to wait for the US Department of State to issue their statement regarding this child right protection bill.
Effective June 2, 2016, Uganda now requires prospective adoptive families to reside in the country for a period of one calendar year before being eligible to adopt. Waivers may be granted.
Please contact our agency for the status of applications via phone or email at email@example.com.
General Information about Uganda
US Department of State Country Adoption Profile
Uganda Embassy in Washington, D.C.
US Embassy in Uganda
General Country Information
CIA World Factbook
Though exact numbers are not available, according to the most recent estimates, there are approximately 2.5 million orphans in Uganda, over a million of whom were orphaned as a direct result of AIDS. In a country where the median age is only 15, as many as 1 in 6 children under the age of 17 is an orphan.
Living Hope Adoption Agency has partnered with a respected Ugandan law firm in the country to develop an adoption program where it is our goal to locate Christian families for orphaned and abandoned children.
Currently, Uganda requires adoptive families to foster their children in Uganda for a period of at least 1 year. After the fostering period is over, pre-adoptive families will then be able to petition for adoption.
Generally a home study can be completed in 6 to 8 weeks. For families using an agency, other than Living Hope Adoption Agency, to complete their home study, this may vary.
Most families are able to put together their dossier in approximately three months.
There is no government agency that oversees adoptions in Uganda.
Depending on the gender and age of the child desired, generally referrals are made within 8-9 months of application.
There is a need for families for boys and girls including toddlers and older children. Parents must be prepared in every international adoption to parent a child with developmental delays and minor medical issues. With that being said, there are children available for adoption in Uganda who can be considered healthy, as well as children who have medical special needs.
Yes, sibling groups are available.
No. Just one spouse must be a U.S. citizen.
Singles are eligible to adopt, but must adopt a child of the same gender.
Yes, prospective adoptive parents must travel to Uganda for court.
Families can choose to make one long trip of 6-8 weeks or two shorter trips, where the first trip is approximately 10 days and the second trip is 3-4 weeks.
The Uganda Program Coordinator will make in country travel arrangements including lodging and arranging for transportation. Airline tickets can be purchased by the family or by Living Hope Adoption Agency's Travel Coordinator.
English is spoken in Uganda making communication with government officials, your attorney, driver, and service staff very easy.
Families are required to submit three post adoption reports, done by a social worker at 6, 12, and 24 months after placement. Following that, families must submit annual self-written updates until their child reaches the age of 18.
In order to legally adopt a child in Uganda, Uganda law requires prospective adoptive parents to foster the child for three years. However, Ugandan law also allows for prospective adoptive parents to be granted permanent legal guardianship of a child without meeting the fostering requirement. When you travel to Uganda for court, you will be petitioning the court for permanent legal guardianship of the child. You will then be required to return home and finalize the adoption of your child in a court in your home state.
There are several different Judges who oversee legal guardianship cases in Uganda. Some judges have been known to require Homeland visits in their rulings. Others do not. A Homeland visit is where the adoptive parents bring their child back to Uganda to be seen by the Registrar of the Court. Some judges require that this be done every 5 years until the child turns 18. Others require that parents bring their child back every 3 years. There is no way to determine which Judge will hear a case, so families must be willing to accept the possibility that they may be required to bring their child back to Uganda every three years for a Homeland visit.
The prospective adoptive family must submit a letter providing a reason as to why they are declining the child and the Adoption Committee will decide whether or not the family will be eligible to receive another referral.