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 greater specification regarding the requirement that non-Uganda families seeking to adopt from Uganda must physically foster their children in Uganda for 12 months. Families who are considering adopting from Uganda at this time must be able to live 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 alertPlease contact International Program Team Lead, Alexis Sullivan, with any questions.

Uganda Adoption Overview


International Program Team Lead: Alexis Sullivan

Children Available: 6 months-12 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: Families are required to live in Uganda and foster their child for 12 months. At the conclusion of the one year fostering period, families should anticipate spending an additional 2-4 months in-country to go through the court process and apply for their child’s visa.

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 as well as children with special medical needs.
  • 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 International Program Manager 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. The baby homes care for babies and children up to 8 years of age and provide basic medical care and schooling.

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

On June 2, 2016 the Children-Amendment Act went into effect in Uganda. Among the changes in requirements with this Act is a regulation that non-Ugandan Citizens seeking to adopt from Uganda must live in Uganda and foster their children for a period of 12 months. At the end of 12 months, a petition may be submitted to the Ugandan Court requesting a court hearing and once the adoption decree is issued, families must apply for their child’s visa with the US Embassy in Kampala. Families should anticipate living in Uganda for a minimum of 15-16 months.

The goal of our staff in both the United States and Uganda is to make your time in Uganda 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 International Specialist will also be available to you at all times.

Before you leave, your International Specialist 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.  There are 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 International Specialist 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 the official language and is used in courts and taught in schools.