On June 2, 2016 the amendments to the Children’s Act officially went into effect. All US Citizens adopting from Uganda must complete a full and final adoption. In order to complete an adoption, families must foster their children for a period of 12 months before going to court. We are beginning to work on our first cases under the new laws and anticipate families will make 3-4 trips to Uganda over the course of one year after being matched with their child. For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Allie Smith. She will be traveling to Uganda again in September, be sure to check our website for updated information!
Uganda Adoption Overview
Program Coordinator: Allie Smith
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.
More Details: Uganda Adoption with Carolina Adoption Services
Eligibility Guidelines for Uganda Adoption
Our Uganda Adoption Program & Process
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