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*** 3-7-16 UPDATE***

Alert: Parliament of Uganda Passed Amendments to Uganda’s Children’s Act

On March 2, 2016, the Parliament of Uganda unexpectedly passed the 2015 Children’s Act Amendment Bill. The bill is now pending President Museveni’s approval prior to becoming law. Embassy Kampala is in contact with the Ugandan government to obtain a copy of the bill and ultimately to understand how the bill may affect currently pending and future legal guardianship and adoption cases in Uganda.   

The Department will post further information regarding this matter as it becomes available on adoption.state.gov.

Source: travel.state.gov

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EAC is working in cooperation with the Department of Youth & Child Affairs to complete adoption process from Uganda. Children typically come home under an Order of Legal Guardianship and then finalize their adoption in the United States.

We brought home 2 children in 2013, 12 children in 2014 and 16 children in 2015!

7 children home in 2016 so far! (as of 2-26-16)

Help the Children of Uganda

The Children

Children Available for Adoption in Uganda

  • Boys, girls and sibling groups are waiting for their forever families
  • Relatively healthy and special needs children available
  • Children in orphanage care due to abandonment or relinquishment as a result of social or cultural concerns, extreme poverty and/or loss of parent(s)
  • Each child receives a medical screening for HIV/AIDS and other illnesses prior to referral
  • At time of referral, families receive a child study that includes health and development assessment, family and social history, and photo.

Recently Home from Uganda

Click on the picture below to watch a video about EAC Family who gets to bring their daughter home!

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Uganda recently home 1

Uganda recently home 2

Davis home from Uganda 9-5-15

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 Travel Requirements

Travel Requirements for a Uganda Adoption

2 trips:

  • 1st trip of 4-8 weeks (Coulture, court, passport)
  • 2nd trip of 7-14 days (Embassy)
  • approximately 6-8 weeks between trips

or 3 trips:

  • 7-14 days each
  • approximately 6-8 weeks between trips

 

  • Both parents required to travel for trips 1 and 2 (if doing 3 trips) or for trip 1 (if doing 2 trips)
  • One parent may return to the US after the legal guardianship order and child(ren)’s passport is issued.

Time Frame

Time Frame for a Uganda Adoption

  • approximately 2-12 months from dossier to referral
  • approximately 12-24 months from start to finish

Immigration Information

Uganda Central Authority

The Department of Youth and Child Affairs in the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development

The Process
The process for adopting a child from Uganda generally includes the following steps:

  • Choose an Adoption Service Provider
  • Apply to USCIS to be Found Eligible to Adopt (I-600A)
  • Be Matched with a Child
  • Gain legal custody in Uganda
  • Apply to USCIS for the Child to be Found Eligible for Immigration to the United States (I-600)
  • Bring Your Child Home to finalize adoption

Post Adoptive Requirements

Post Adoptive Requirements for a Uganda Adoption

  • Post placement reporting required by Uganda and EAC
  • Parents register adoption with the Ugandan Embassy in Washington D.C.
  • Adoption finalized according to state law where parent(s) reside