On February 2nd the United States Department of State issued an adoption alert for Uganda regarding Uganda’s residency and fostering requirements. In this alert the State Department shared that they have been told by Uganda’s adoption authority, the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development, that they are working to draft regulations which will further define how the Children’s Amendment Act of July 2016 will be implemented. One of the most critical components of the regulations will be clarification regarding whether international families seeking to adopt from Uganda will be required to physically foster their children in Uganda for 12 months. Families who are considering adopting from Uganda at this time are urged to be open to living in Uganda for 1 year to meet the fostering requirement. As we receive further updates, we will update our website.

CAS encourages all families considering adopting from Uganda to read the February 2nd State Department alert. Please contact Director of Programs, Allie Smith, with any questions.

Uganda Adoption Overview

Uganda Program Sheet

Program Coordinator: Allie Smith

Allie email

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: At this time, all families beginning an adoption from Uganda should be prepared to reside in-country for 12 months, pending clarification of the Children’s Amendment Act. If clarification is issued which does not require a residency requirement, we suggest the following travel schedule: 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 6 months from dossier submission to referral of a child. 12-month foster period begins 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.

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 up to 8 years of age 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 6 months depending on the children available and your preferences for a match. Once you accept your match, preparations are made for your travel to Uganda.

Uganda Adoption Travel

According to the United States Department of State, Uganda’s authority for adoption is currently working on regulations to accompany the Children Amendment Act which went into effect on June 2, 2016.  Among the anticipated regulations is a clarification that families seeking to complete an international adoption from Uganda will be required to physically foster their children in Uganda for a period of 12 months.  It is unknown at this time when these regulations may be released or what will be written in the regulations.  Current CAS Uganda families are being updated as information is received.  For families who are just starting to consider an adoption from Uganda, you are encouraged to be open to the very real possibility that you will need to physically foster your children in Uganda for one year.

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. CAS has developed a trusted network of partners in Uganda who will support families during their time in Uganda.  Your CAS Program Coordinator will also be available to you at all times.

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 our local partners. Many of our orphanage partners offer on-site or nearby guest homes where your family may stay. There are also numerous rental apartments and homes in Uganda for families who will live in Uganda for one year. Spending an extended period of time in-country 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 time in Uganda.

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 at the US Consulate in Kampala.

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.