CAS is proud to have a strong program in Uganda and we are committed to our continued work in Uganda through all of the adoption law changes. We partner with six orphanages across this beautiful country. We are welcoming new families to apply to this program and our Program Coordinator, Allie Smith, is happy to speak with families about the recent law changes. Our orphanages have children for whom international adoption is their best option and we do not have a wait a list of paper-ready families waiting to be matched with their children. Allie traveled to Uganda again in September and is happy to report that CAS has several cases which are progressing nicely under the new laws.

Uganda Adoption Overview

Uganda Program Sheet

Webinar Recording

Program Coordinator: Allie Smith

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Children Available: 6 months-7 years old at time of referral

Parent Requirements: 25 to 55 years old. 55 and over considered on a case-by-case basis. Couples married at least 2 years or single women. Orphanages require a religious statement and a referral from the family’s place of worship.

Travel Requirements: 3-4 trips to Uganda. The first trip, at the time of referral, is 3 weeks long. One or two additional bonding trips should be at least two weeks long, and the final trip lasts 3-4+ weeks.

Adoption Timeline:  3 to 12+ months from dossier submission to referral of a child. 12-month foster period begins during first trip to Uganda, immediately after your referral.

Uganda Program Highlights

  • There are few African countries open for international adoption and Uganda is a wonderful option.
  • Available children are 6 months and older at the time of referral and in general good overall health.
  • CAS has a reputable network of partner orphanages across Uganda.
  • Families are typically matched with their children almost immediately after submitting their dossier.

More Details: Uganda Adoption with Carolina Adoption Services

Eligibility Guidelines for Uganda Adoption

Married couples and single women, aged 25-55 years old, are eligible to adopt from Uganda.  Couples must be married at least 2 years. There must be at least a 21-year age difference between the parent(s) and child. Families must be practicing Christians and a church reference is required by Ugandan baby homes.

Our Uganda Adoption Program & Process

Allie Smith is the Uganda Program Coordinator at Carolina Adoption Services. She will help you complete your adoption dossier. This paperwork is for the adoption attorney, the orphanage and the Ugandan Government.
Carolina Adoption Services works directly with partner orphanages in Uganda. We continue to develop adoption partnerships and Orphan Care initiatives in Uganda with individual baby homes.   The baby homes care for babies and children of all ages and provide basic medical care and schooling.  Waiting Children may sometimes be available.

Dossiers are reviewed in the order they are submitted. The wait for an adoption match may be 3 to 12+ months depending on the children available and your preferences for a match. Once you accept your match, paperwork is sent to the adoption attorney in Uganda, and you will be invited to make your first trip.

Uganda Adoption Travel

Families adopting in Uganda should be prepared to travel 3-4 times throughout their one year foster period. Families will sign a fostering agreement during the first trip. You are expected to return one or two more times throughout the year for additional bonding trips. During your final trip, you will attend court and complete your child’s visa processing.

The goal of our staff in both the United States and Uganda is to make your trip as smooth as possible so you may enjoy the time with your child and enjoy learning about his or her home country.

Before you leave, your Program Coordinator at Carolina Adoption Services will educate and prepare you for every step of your adoption travel in Uganda.

While in Uganda, you will be in the caring hands of a local guide, who is available to assist you with any needs. Some of our partner homes have guest houses on-site or nearby where families are encouraged to stay.  Doing so affords you a wonderful opportunity to gain a first-hand experience of the Ugandan culture and to see what life is like for children at the orphanage. Your Program Coordinator will also maintain regular contact with you during your trips.

Uganda Adoption Legal Process

Carolina Adoption Services works with two respected Ugandan adoption law firms. Their staff will guide you through the court proceedings and other legal processes. After a court decision is reached, your adoption will be finalized. You may then apply for and receive your child’s visa.

Uganda Adoption: The Country

The Republic of Uganda is a country in East Africa bordered by the nations of Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Democratic Republic of Congo. The capital city of Kampala is a port on Lake Victoria, one of the three largest freshwater lakes in the world, and the largest in Africa.
Uganda is a unique and special country for wildlife, attracting tourists from around the world to its national parks. Endangered mountain gorillas, elephants, lions and chimpanzees are among the special wild species here that not just Ugandans, but also the United Nations are working to protect.
The Republic of Uganda established its independence from Great Britain in 1962. There are more than 2 million orphans in Uganda, the highest number of any country in the world.
Ugandans have a varied ethnic background, though a large majority (84%) are Christians. English is one of two official languages (Swahili is the other) and is used in courts and taught in schools.