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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 are readopted in the United States.

We brought home 2 children home in 2013 and 12 children home in 2014. The number of referrals is poised to rise: 9 children home so far in 2015 (ranging in age from 2-9).

Help the Children of Uganda

The Children

Children Available for Adoption in Uganda

  • Boys and girls, Infants, toddlers and children up to 15 years of age. The average age of children is around 3 years of age.
  • There are many sibling groups that are waiting for a family.
  • 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

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Travel Requirements

Travel Requirements for a Uganda Adoption

  • 1st trip of 2-3 weeks (Court)
  • 2nd trip of 7-14 days (Embassy)
  • Trips can be combined for approximately 6-8 weeks
  • Both parents required to travel, 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

  • 2-12 months from dossier to referral

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