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Uganda

ELIGIBILITY TO ADOPT:  Single parents may adopt, but they may not adopt a child of the opposite sex (unless an exception is made).  Married couples must adopt jointly.  Adoptive parents must be at least 25 years old and 21 years older than the child they plan to adopt.  In the case of married couples, it is sufficient for one spouse to meet these requirements.

In addition to the three-year residency and 36-month fostering requirement, foreign adoptive parents must demonstrate they have no criminal record, and that they have been approved by their country of nationality to adopt.  The adoptive parent must also demonstrate that their country of nationality will respect and recognize the Ugandan adoption decree.  The Ugandan attorney working with the adoptive parents usually provides a letter or brief statement in the petition to adopt presented to the High Court that the U.S.state will recognize the adoption decree.  It is assumed that the attorney conducted the necessary research to confirm this. For U.S. citizens, the High Court of Uganda generally accepts that an approved I-600 or I-600A petition satisfies the requirement that the adoptive parents have approval of their home government to adopt abroad.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS:  Unless a judge waives the fostering requirement, prospective adoptive parents must reside in Uganda with their prospective adoptive child for three years.

TIME FRAME:  Prospective adoptive parents should allow sufficient time to complete the necessary processing of the case both with the Ugandan High Court, and the U.S. Embassy.  The court process often takes at least three weeks from the initial court appearance, the execution of the adoption or legal guardianship decree, and the issuance of a court ruling. 

In September 2006, the U.S. Embassy in Kampala, Uganda assumed responsibilities for the processing of all immigrant visa adoption cases from Uganda .  Prospective adoptive parents planning travel to Uganda are strongly encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy in Kampala well in advance of their anticipated arrival in Uganda.  This assists the Embassy in confirming that the required I-600A or I-600 approval packet has been received in Kampala, and in some cases allows the Embassy to commence the required I-604 orphan investigation before the prospective adoptive parents arrive in country.

ADOPTION FEES IN  UGANDA :  Court fees are less than $100.00 and may vary according to the number of documents that require notarization.  Attorney’s fees can range from $500 to $2,000. The U.S. Embassy in Uganda discourages the payment of any fees that are not properly receipted, “donations,” or “expediting” fees, that may be requested from prospective adoptive parents.  Such fees have the appearance of “buying” a baby and put all future adoptions in Uganda at risk.

ADOPTION PROCEDURES:  Foreign citizens wishing to adopt a child in Uganda are required to file a petition with the High Court of Uganda after they have identified a child they wish to adopt.  Prospective adoptive parents are required to appear in person, and the court requires that the local Probation and Social Welfare Officer overseeing the case submit a report with his/her recommendation.  In certain cases, the court may also request that other individuals or authorities submit a report in respect to the adoption petition.  For instance, in many cases orphanage directors are requested to submit information about children that were placed in their care.

Children who are 14 years old or older must consent to the adoption.  The consent of both biological parents, if known, must be obtained and may be withdrawn prior to the execution of the adoption order.  Under U.S. immigration law, if both biological parents for a child are living, they must independently release their child for adoption and emigration abroad, prior to U.S. prospective adoptive parents being identified.

Once the adoption is finalized, adoptive parents must register the adoption with the Registrar General’s Office in Kampala.  The Registrar General informs the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the adoption.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will maintain the adopted child’s records, which will remain available to the child.

Legal Guardianship and Final Adoption Abroad:  The Ugandan Government also permits foreign citizens to obtain legal guardianship of orphans and in some cases allows the child to emigrate from Uganda for full and final adoption abroad.  For U.S. citizens, this means the prospective adoptive child may qualify for an Immediate Relative 4 visa (IR-4) for the purpose of emigration and adoption in the United States .  In order to file for an IR-4 visa for the child, the legal guardianship order and the accompanying court ruling must state clearly that the High Court is aware of, and concurs with, the intention of the legal guardian to take the child out of Uganda for full and final adoption abroad.   Once the child immigrates to the United States, the legal guardians must file for adoption with a U.S. state court.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ADOPTION IN UGANDA:  The following documents must be submitted to the Ugandan High Court:

  1. Marriage certificate of adoptive parents;
  2. Police clearances;
  3. Proof of financial stability (e.g., tax returns and bank statements);
  4. A report from the Probation and Social Welfare Officer, or a U.S. home study if the prospective parents do not reside in Uganda ;
  5. The High Court of Uganda must issue an adoption order for the child to be adopted by the parent(s);
  6. Assurance that the adoptive parent(s)’s country will respect and recognize the adoption order issued by the Ugandan Court.  (The U.S. Child and Citizenship Act of 2000 meets this requirement).

 AUTHENTICATING U.S. DOCUMENTS TO BE USED ABROAD:  For more information on authenticating U.S. documents to be used abroad, please see the Judicial Assistancesection of our website.

(All information is taken from the U.S. Department of State website)

http://www.travel.state.gov/family/adoption/country/country_3012.html

129 Comments »

  1. I live in Portland, Oregon. I am looking for an agency to assist me in adopting children I have already selected from Uganda. 503-253-2773 Can you help?

    Comment by patricia | December 20, 2008 | Reply

  2. We have been home just shy of three month… obtained legal guardianship of two Ugandan blessings. I would be happy to speak with anyone who is looking into Ugandan Legal Guardianship or Adoption.

    Ugandan law DOES NOT allow adoption agencies. So beware of agencies that say they have or are starting a Ugandan program.

    I am happy to connect you with someone currently in AFAAs Ugandan program for a reference… but it might not be all positive!

    Jena
    bapgap at triad dot rr dot com

    Comment by Jena | December 23, 2008 | Reply

    • I would love to get some info from you. Could you provide me with an email to reach you?

      Comment by amanda | July 13, 2011 | Reply

    • Hi Jena, I was reading through this website and would love to talk to you more if you are available regarding obtaining guardianship on a Ugandan child.

      Comment by courtney | August 19, 2011 | Reply

      • Am pleased by the produre of adoption by US Really thanks.

        Comment by Peter Busingye | April 16, 2012

    • Hi Jena

      Did you have to stay Three years in Uganda.

      Kind regards heather

      Comment by heather | June 8, 2013 | Reply

  3. Hi all,

    Thank you for all of these comments- they are quite helpful.

    I have been working with a group of 52 children in Kasese, Uganda for over 3 years. I have gone down to visit them twice and we have formed an organization in Canada that raises all of the funds for the children and manages staff that work on the ground in Kasese. We are working in partnership with a Canadian organization as well as a local Ugandan organization to ensure that the children are cared for, go to school, eat good meals and are setting up leadership and personal development courses and plans for the kids.

    As we have gone through the very long process of getting this all set up properly we have been working to do all of the formal paperwork with the local government to ensure that we have care orders from each of the 52 children’s distant relatives or legal guardians so that we have the legal right to care for the children.

    There is one child in particular who I have grown quite close to. He is now 5 and it has come to our attention that he is the only child that we cannot trace to any distant relative or tribe, leaving him firmly a child of the state. If anything were to happen, we would have absolutely no control or say in how he was treated or where he went.

    I would like to do whatever I need to to become his legal guardian or to formally adopt him if that is what I need to do to protect him. We have a safe and solid in Uganda that I would leave him at for now because I do think that this better for him in the short term, but if the time or situation was right, would of course, bring him here. I want to make sure, though, that if anything ever went wrong in Uganda or with the project I would have the ability to go to Uganda and bring him here as his legal guardian or parent. It is also important to note that I have the support of the local government, the Canadian team supporting the 52 children and our staff and team on the ground in Kasese.

    Although I am not new to Uganda I am new to this process of trying to formalize the care of Moses and you seem to be quite knowledgable about this. Is this something you could help me with or do you know where I could find more information or the right people to help me with this? If any of you would be willing to share some insights I would really appreciate it- you can email me anytime at carissa@silverlininglimited.com.

    Thank you for your help- I really appreciate it.
    Carissa :)

    Comment by Carissa Reiniger | February 9, 2009 | Reply

  4. I would love to speak with someone about their experience adopting from Uganda. I leave for Uganda May 2nd to volunteer at an orphanage.

    Comment by Tricia | April 11, 2009 | Reply

  5. I am leaving for Uganda on Jan 1 for 3 months to teach at the Medical University. I am the mother of a 9 year old boy and have been anxious to adopt a second child. I would like to try to adopt while I am there. I realize this is late in the process, but what is the most efficient way to adopt. I was told by the state department to work with an adoption agency to do the home study and fill out the I600A form– but then I read that Uganda does not allow adoption agencies. I do know the 3 year residency requirement is lifted. Please advise.

    Fran

    Comment by Fran | November 11, 2009 | Reply

    • Please read the reply to your comment. Someone says that they can help you.

      Comment by adoptionupdate | November 19, 2009 | Reply

    • Where did you hear that the residency requirement had been lifted?!
      I am in Uganda – serving out the the residency requirement in vue of future adoption for my son!

      Comment by Isa | January 13, 2010 | Reply

    • You will need to get Guardianship Order from the High Court first and after you have looked after the child for three years, you will be allowed to adopt. There are also other options available to you in the circumstances. Contact me on Email: dangualia@yahoo.com or tel: +256774477656 and we discuss the rest. Good luck.

      Comment by Angualia Daniel Adoption and divorce Attorney | August 26, 2010 | Reply

      • What happens if you are unable to reside in Uganda for Three years is there another alternative

        Regards Heather

        Comment by heather | June 8, 2013

  6. We are Attorney’s and have a handled a number of cases on child adoption, guardianship and foster care. Please contact our office on +256 414 532283 Email: alliedlawoffices@gmail.com

    Comment by Moses | February 15, 2010 | Reply

  7. please stop chiting us by fooling pleas let9

    Comment by umare | April 20, 2010 | Reply

  8. How I go about finding two or three girls to adopt form Uganda?

    Comment by Marquita | July 2, 2010 | Reply

  9. Hello. I live in Italy, iI’m married with two sons. First I apologize for my bad English. I beg you pardon for this..
    Through association Italian missionary, I came into contact with an African Sister and I “adopted” (or better said: I am a supporter) a Ugandan orphan child of almost 6 years.
    The nun she is her guardian, but unofficially, from what I understand.

    The girl at the moment is always unofficially assigned to a family (relatives of the nun), to which I contributed financially to her total support and education costs.

    Unfortunately I no longer satisfy the safety of the child because of a serious reason, so I would want my husband to come the child here in Italy for to care her person, taking her into my custody. We also talked with this our children, who agree.

    The Sister would be happy, but has asked the Italian Embassy in Kampala if this were possible, for to obtain an exit visa for the child, who accompany her here in Italy, but they responded sharply that no, the child not having parents may sign the her authorization, then she can not leave Uganda only when you age her 18 ys.

    I ask you experts. Possible there is a another way ? Can you give us some advice on this? So far we have asked many, but none could help. It almost seems a strange fate of misery and darkness can not abandon the child.

    How do we do? I asked a my dear friend, whose parents took in foster care years ago a Brazilian girl with a similar dramatic situation behind. She said that the nun must have law by the Court of Uganda as an official document , of the Tutor (Guardian) on the child, with only one, she can sign out of the country and make her come here regularly with her in Italy.
    Then we’ll all go along with the Juvenile Court of our region for a regular expectation form.
    I ask you, what is way practicable ‘? Could this be a solution? Please help me, I saw your site and I think you’re the only ones who can help me.
    Thank you for your attention and I look forward to a nice comment!.

    Susanna Faviani
    Grottammare (AP)
    Italy

    Comment by Susanna | July 29, 2010 | Reply

    • To begin with, your english is good. You need to get a guardianship Order from the court in Uganda. The Order gives you the legal right over the child and after some time, you can get the adoption order. There are steps and requirements which you must fulfill before you can get guardianship Order. Contact me on Email: dangualia@yahoo.com and Tel: +256774477656 and we shall discuss the rest. Good luck.

      Comment by Angualia Daniel Adoption and divorce Attorney | August 26, 2010 | Reply

  10. I currently wish to undergo leagal guardianship of my Ugandan
    partners 3 year old child. I am working in Africa but not resident in Uganda, I only visit every 6 weeks.The childs father has been absent since before its birth. The reason I wish to do this is to provide for the child in the event of any mishaps. I have a number of pensions that will only provide for children who are either my own offspring or of whom I adopt or am a guardian. These pensions make provision for monthly stipends in addition to any and all school and college fees until the child completes their education.my partner is in full agreement with me becoming the childs legal guardian. What steps can I take to make this happen. Thank you

    Comment by Noel | August 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Hello,

      I wish that I could help you with your situation. Sadly, I am not equipped to do so. I am not an expert, an adoption professional or a lawyer. I am simply an adoptive parent. It seems to me that you would be best served to contact an agency that deals with Uganda. An adoption lawyer would be helpful in advice as well. Have you tried any of those avenues?

      Comment by adoptionupdate | August 17, 2010 | Reply

      • Hi,
        I hired a lawyer and submitted the application, the application stated that my partner was not adverse to the guardianship but would not allow adoption, we went to the court on Wednesday the 7th and the application was refused by the judge on the grounds that I was not resident for 3 years, the nature of my work means that I am constantly working in various African nations and can not be resident permanently in Uganda.

        We withdrew the application in order to look at what options were available, and later that day I discovered a piece in the Daily Monitor regarding how a loophole in Ugandan law was allowing foreigners who were not resident to apply for guardianship and then adopt the child and remove them from Uganda. (fat checkbooks)

        It has never been my intention to adopt him, or remove him from Uganda, I want him to grow up with his family around him and educate him in Uganda.

        My career as a development specialist means that I work in insecure areas, Sudan, Somalia etc and in the event of anything happening to me he is legally entitled to any benefits that will accrue.

        To say I am disappointed is understating how I feel, he is my life and the happiness he brings me is not quantifiable, for the past 3 years and when I am in Uganda we are inseparable, he calls me daddy and it will not take a piece of paper or a court order to legitimate this.
        The struggle goes on.

        Comment by Noel | December 9, 2011

    • I can be of help to you with your problem. Contact me on Telephone no. +256774477656 or +256791221041.

      Comment by Angualia Daniel | August 26, 2010 | Reply

    • You will need to get Guardianship Order from the High Court. The Order will give you the legal right over the child. Court will have to be convinced that you meet certain requirements before it can grant you the Guardian Order. There are steps and requirements that you must fulfill before you can get the Order. Contact me on Email: dangualia@yahoo.com or tel: +256774477656 and we discuss the rest. Good luck.

      Comment by Angualia Daniel Adoption and divorce Attorney | August 26, 2010 | Reply

  11. My husband and I are in the process of adopting our son from Uganda right now. I just wanted thank you for all the information you have put up, your site is a huge help. I do want to point out that in cases of legal guardianship, the adoptive parents do not have to be 25 years old, they only have to be 21 years older than the child. I am only 20 and my husband is 22, yet we qualify for legal guardianship of our ten month old son. While we have not yet been granted legal guardianship of him ( we are waiting for our courtdate!) Our lawyer has told us that according to Ugandan law, it is possible and likely that we will be granted guardianship and will be able to bring im home to finish the adoption (our baby does have some major medical needs and is considered special needs, so he is more likely be given to us based on his needs). Our state law says you only have to 18 to adopt, so we will hopefully not run into any problems here.

    We have always wanted to adopt, but where not planning to do so for a few years. We were just in an orphange called Sanyu Babies Home for three weekd when we meet our boy and started working towards getting him home. We were told many times that it was impossible to adopt him based on our age. After lots of tears and hours in prayer, we finally spoke to an attorney who told us that adotion is not often granted unless the parents live in Uganda for three years. The alternative is guardianship, which we quallify for.

    It is a long hard road, and expect heartache, but if you really fall for a child and you don’t meet all the requirement, just keep trying. Eventually someone will care enough to tell you facts and work to bring your family together.

    Comment by Erika | August 26, 2010 | Reply

    • In your circumstances, you are likely to succeed with the guardianship Order Application. Thankyou for giving the helpless child a home.
      Good luck.

      Comment by Angualia Daniel Adoption and divorce Attorney | August 27, 2010 | Reply

    • Hello,
      I was interested in your story because of your age. My daughter student taught in Uganda this past summer and met an orphaned 3 yr old. She would like to adopt or get legal guardianship of this child – Is this possible? I thought the US government required the legal guardian to be at least 25 years old – am I misinformed (I hope so!)
      Any information, contacts and required steps would be helpful.
      Thank you,
      Sue
      Madison, WI

      Comment by Sue | September 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Hello,
      I have been to Uganda doing Missions work for 5yrs now. My husband and I were made aware of a infant that was dropped in the brush to die – abanded. We are now sponsoring him, but would like to consider adopting him. I have an attorney in Uganda willing to help me. However, because we cant use an agency here from the States where do we begin the process here? Is there anyone that can help us wit that information.
      Thank You
      Christine
      Maryland

      Comment by Christine | September 20, 2010 | Reply

      • You CAN use an agency. Check Lifeline at lifelineadoption.org. They are the ONLY adoption agency I know of who have had legal guardianship cases go through this year.

        Comment by CrystalKehn | November 23, 2010

      • The truth is that you CAN use an agency, but the process is possibly faster and less expensive (but much more confusing to navigate) if you don’t use an agency. Our concern is that families not using an agency will make adoption more difficult for families who are going through the proper process if they accidentally make mistakes and do not follow the laws of Uganda in doing so. I think your best bet is to find a trustworthy Ugandan lawyer to walk you through the process.

        Comment by CrystalKehn | November 23, 2010

    • I am curious if you and your husband were granted legal guardianship? If so could you shed some light on the process that you went through to finalize the adoption.

      Comment by Steve | September 4, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Erika, I don’t know if you will even get this but I am in a similar situation to yours. I fell in love with a baby at Sanyu and am hoping to adopt her one day but am trying to figure out whether to go down the road of adoption or legal guardianship. If you have any information that you can give I would greatly appreciate it!!

      Thank you,
      Alyssa

      Comment by Alyssa Morgan | November 23, 2012 | Reply

  12. Adoption, Guardianship, seperation and divorce lawyer in Uganda. Contacts: Email; dangualia@yahoo.com, Telephone +256774477656.

    Comment by Angualia Daniel | August 26, 2010 | Reply

  13. I am a single parent and would like to know a few things about Uganda adoption. Such as the documents required for the dossier, the minimum amount of weeks I should expect to stay in Uganda, and whether or not $25K is a typical amount to pay for an adoption through a U.S. Agency.

    Comment by Tonya B. | October 20, 2010 | Reply

  14. Hello Tonya. The documents required are quite many. On how long you will stay in Uganda depends on whether you already have a child to adopt in mind. In Uganda we dont use adoption agencies. I will be glad to give you more information assuming you dont have them already. dangualia at yahoo dot com.

    Comment by Angualia Daniel | October 28, 2010 | Reply

  15. Great thanks to whoever came up with this initiative.

    Comment by Angualia Daniel | October 28, 2010 | Reply

  16. It feels good to give good news to a client. The statement usually goes like this,”…….The application for adoption /legal guardianship was granted”. The joy of the successful adoptive parents / guardians cannot be explained.

    Comment by Angualia Daniel | February 1, 2011 | Reply

  17. Why do clients find it had to pray before going to court when asked by a lawyer. When asked and you dont feel like praying, just humble yourself and your lawyers prayer or the prayer of any other person in your company will be answered. And when asked to pray to God and you dont believe in him, just pray to that other you believe in.

    Comment by Angualia Daniel | February 1, 2011 | Reply

  18. Am a ugandan who wants to know more about international adoption. I have read through th requirements and procedures of adoption and am inquiring to know if i had ababy and wanted to put him up for adoption is it possible to attain willing and lovin parents to adopt him??? Thank you.

    Comment by Phiona katusiime | February 9, 2011 | Reply

    • I am not sure how you would go about this. Perhaps contacting an adoption agency that has a Uganda Program and speaking directly with them to see what they recommend.

      Comment by adoptionupdate | February 10, 2011 | Reply

  19. Adoption may not an option from the word go but rather legal guardianship order. The prospective applicant for adoption will first have to look after the infant for atleast three years. You will also need to satisfy the judge why you are giving up your child for adoption.

    Comment by Angualia Daniel | February 16, 2011 | Reply

  20. We are researching adoption agencies to use in helping us adopt a child from Uganda. I’ve read in these posts that adoption agencies are not necessary in Uganda. If I were to hire a private attorney then who would find a match for us? Do we already need to have a child identified?

    Comment by sara | March 11, 2011 | Reply

  21. Hello Sara, Adoption being a sensitive issue, it is better for you to identify the child that you want to adopt and then engaged an attorney to do the legal bit. You need to identify the child and bond with. However, if you are open to adopt any child, you need to contact the various orphanages in Uganda. Having identified the orphanage, an attorney you have engaged in Uganda can follow up the rest with the orphanage. Good luck

    Comment by Angualia Daniel | April 12, 2011 | Reply

  22. this is real good i have just joine but i like this please lets keep in tuoch by that email

    Comment by katumba mike | April 12, 2011 | Reply

  23. We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worst crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his bones are being formed, his blood is being made, and his senses are being developed. To him we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow,’ his name is today. Gabriela Mistral

    Comment by Angualia Daniel | May 6, 2011 | Reply

  24. ADOPTION AND LEGAL GUARDIANSHIP IN UGANDA. WHAT YOU DID NOT KNOW.

    What is adoption?
    It is a legal process whereby a person permanently assumes the parental rights and responsibilities for a child from his or her biological parents.

    What is legal guardianship?
    i. It is a legal process whereby a person is appointed by court to take care of a child.
    ii. The guardian has the parental rights and responsibilities but such rights and responsibilities the guadian has over the child are not permanent.

    Who can adopt?.
    a. Citizens
    i. Any person of 25 years of age and above can adopt. However, the prospective adoptive parent must be at least 21 years older than the child.
    ii. A couple must adopt jointly.
    iii. The prospective adoptive parents must be of good physical and mental health as determined by a medical examination.
    iv. Prospective adoptive parent must have fostered the child for atleast 36 months under the super vision of probation officer save for exceptional cases.
    v. A single parent may not adopt a child of the opposite sex save for exceptional circumstances.

    b. Foreign adoption
    i. Prospective adoptive parents must have fostered the child for atleast 36 months while in Uganda under supervision of a Probation Officer save for exceptional circumstances.
    ii. A foreign adoptive parents must;
    a. Have no criminal record,
    b. Have been approved by their country of nationality to adopt.
    c. Proof that their country of origin will respect and recognize the Ugandan adoption Order.

    How long does the adoption process take?.
    i. The duration depends on whether the adoptive parents have already identified the child they intend to adopt.
    ii. The process of getting the child to adopt depends on the availability of the child. My concern is from the time you have identified the child.
    iii. Once you have the requisite documents from your home country, the process takes an average of two months from the time of filing the adoption petition in court.
    iv. Prospective adoptive parents should be patient as the time fame may differ depending on the judge assigned the file.
    Travelling to Uganda.
    i. The prospective adoptive parent should in the first instance do sufficient research in his home country to ensure that once the adoption order is made, his or her home country will respect the order.
    ii. This will help with processing of visa and save a lot of your time and money. For the prospective adoptive parents from US, it may help you to make an advance petition for orphan adoption.
    iii. By the time you come to Uganda, US embassy will have all the necessary documents. This will speed up the visa application process.

    Fees payable:
    i. Legal fees vary depending on the attorney engaged in the adoption process. However, more than US$2500 in legal fees is excessive and unnecessary.
    ii. A prospective parent is not supposed to pay any fees to the orphanage where he or she intends to get the child as it amounts to buying a child.
    iii. Neither is the prospective adoption parent supposed to pay any fees to the guardian of the child who is the subject of adoption.
    iv. Any attempts at this will prejudice your adoption petition and future prospects of other applicants.
    The court adoption process:
    i. Prospective adoption parents file a petition to court through an attorney.
    ii. The prospective adoptive parents are required to appear in court on the hearing date together with the child and his or her guardian.
    iii. In some instances, the Probation Officer may be required to appear in court or prepare a report and submit to court before the hearing date.
    iv. In some cases, a social worker attached to the orphanage may be required to attend court if the child was in an orphanage.

    Necessary consents,
    i. A child whose parents are; known, alive, of sound mind and can be found must consent to the adoption of the child. In other words, the parents must consent to the adoption of their child.
    ii. Children of 14 years and above must also consent to the adoption. In some cases even when the child is below 14 years of age and understands what is going on, the judge may get the views of the child.
    iii. Either the child or the parents may withdraw their consent to adoption prior to adoption order being made.
    iv. In some cases, the child or his / her parents may challenge the adoption if their consent was not obtained legally.

    What happens after obtaining Adoption Order:
    i. The Adoption Order must be registered with the office of Registrar General.
    ii. The judge will usually order that the Adoption Order be registered with the Embassy of Uganda in the country of the adoptive parents.

    Legal Guardianship and Adoption outside Uganda:
    i. In instances where the prospective adoption parents don’t meet certain requirements, they may instead apply to court for legal guardianship.
    ii. The Legal guardians will then be at liberty to apply for adoption of the child in their Home country.
    iii. The Legal Guardianship Order must authorise the legal guardians to apply for adotion while in their home country.
    iv. The necessary consent for adoption in the Home country of the prospective adoptive parents must be obtained from the child and her parents in Uganda.

    Requisite documents in support of adoption or legal guardianship:
    i. Birth certificate of the child if the parents are known.
    ii. Death certificate of the parents of the infant, if she is an orphan.
    iii. Photocopies of the passport of Prospective adoptive parents.
    iv. Marriage certificate of adoptive parents;
    v. Criminal clearance from the home country of prospective adoptive parents.
    vi. Home study from the Adoption agency in the home country of prospective adoptive parents.
    vii. Bank statements or other means of proving that the prospective adoptive parents are financially sound.
    viii. Medical report in proof that the prospective adoptive parents are in good health.
    ix. Proof that the Home country will respect the Adoption/ Legal guardianship Order. of financial stability (e.g., tax returns and bank statements);
    x. In some cases, a Probation Officer’s report.

    ANGUALIA DANIEL: Family law (Adoption, Legal guardianship, Divorce, Maintenance and custody) attorney in Uganda. Practices with the law firm of M/s Madiinah & Co. Advocates (www.lawyers-uganda.com). He may be reached at; angualia@lawyers-uganda.com. dangualia@yahoo.com, or +256774477656 with any queries regarding the area of practice.

    Comment by Angualia Daniel | June 23, 2011 | Reply

  25. I am a Canadian who has been to Uganda twice now and spent a total of 9 weeks there. I have found a boy, who is now 18 months that my husband and I would like to adopt. I found the information above useful as I have read all kinds of misinformation and no ones seems to know what exactly the laws are. I am a personal friend of the woman that runs the orphanage that he is at. The orphanage has adopted children to several American families, but not any Canadian ones yet. She thinks that to be able to that she needs to register as a charity in Canada, but I am not sure that this is correct (or why this would be necessary). She also told me that when undergoing the adoption process that I should not make it known that there is a specific child that I want. Mainly I want to know , does the 36 month guardanship still apply and is there anyone in the Toronto, Ontario area that you know of that deals with adoptions in Uganda?Any information or direction that you could give me would be much appreciated.

    Comment by Sara Hansen | September 12, 2011 | Reply

    • Sara if you want to email me at jenapenner @ gmail . com I can send you some contact info from Canadians who obtained legal guardianship. It was a long, rough road for each of them. 6 month ago I was hearing it was near impossible. But things change all the time with UG adoption/legal guardianship (what was true when we were there 3 years ago has all changed!). So it’s better to talk with people in your similar situation directly.

      Comment by Jena Penner | September 23, 2011 | Reply

      • I live in Alberta Canada, can u please help me with any info on Canadians adopting from Uganda. We have a girl we want, just need help.

        Thank you

        Comment by Derrick Wiebe | April 30, 2013

      • Hello,
        My best advice I can offer is to contact Across The World Adoptions. They are in Pleasant Hill, CA and have a strong program with Uganda. I do not know if they will be able to assist you but perhaps they can lead you in the right direction. Good luck on your journey!

        Comment by adoptionupdate | April 30, 2013

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  28. Does anyone know about the adoption proccess for people from Canada ?
    I am mother of two and my husband and I have always wanted to adopt and I’m just wondering if there is still a 3 year residencey in uganda befor being able to adopt ???

    Comment by Amanda | March 10, 2012 | Reply

    • Yes there is still a three year residency for anyone to adopt in Uganda.

      Comment by Sophia | June 16, 2012 | Reply

  29. Hi,
    My husband and I live in the UK, we have selected a Ugandan child who we would like to adopt. We cannot live in Uganda for three years as our jobs are not transferable overseas.
    Is the adoption possible? Her parents are still alive but separated and have placed her in a children’s home as they cannot afford to look after her, they have signed affidavits to confirm that they are happy for the adoption to take place.
    I would love someone’s advice please!
    Many thanks

    Comment by Rebecca | March 20, 2012 | Reply

    • I am British and have adopted from Uganda. I would be happy to give you some information. Isabellecoad @ yahoo co uk
      Looking forward to hearing from you.

      Comment by Isabelle coad | March 21, 2012 | Reply

    • WE LOVE OURSELF SO MUCH BUT GOD DID NOT BLESS US WITH CHILD WE NEED BABY BOY & BABY GIRL WE HAVE SCHOOL AT ABUJA NINGERIA WE NEED YOUR HELP. ENG MEKUS IKE

      Comment by ENG MEKUS IKE | August 17, 2012 | Reply

      • Hi Eng. Mekus Ike, thank you for your concern. My name is Arnold Mexus Darnell & am an American Citizen. I have a child support center in Uganda that am running and will help you with the adoption process. My email address is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130

        Comment by Arnold Mexus Darnell | June 23, 2014

  30. I am from the USA and am currently looking into the adoption by means of legal guardianship from Uganda. My wife and I have identified a girl who is around 13 named Jennifer who has severe cerebral palsy. When we visited Uganda in 2008 she was living in a facility in a community called Nuguru. She has since been moved to a nunnery. How big of a deal is the 21 year difference for the Ugandan government? I am an adoptive parent of a boy with worse cerebral palsy conditions in the USA currently. I am currently 27 and my wife 26. Is this a Ugandan rule, is this an international adoption rule or a guideline setup by . . . ?
    I appreciate any input or wisdom by knowledgeable parties.

    Comment by Gregg Eichhorn | April 5, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Gregg Eichhorn, thank you for your concern. My name is Arnold Mexus Darnell & am an American Citizen. I have a child support center in Uganda that am running and will help you with the adoption process. My email address is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130

      Comment by makuemma | July 18, 2014 | Reply

  31. I’ve checked with at least 10 different agencies for Uganda adoption. Most have given information that the Uganda orphananges prefers to work with Christian families only. I would appreciate information from families who are Christians, but did not have to work through this process.

    Comment by Tonya B. | April 26, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Tonya B, thank you for your concern. My name is Arnold Mexus Darnell & am an American Citizen. I have a child support center in Uganda that am running and will help you with the adoption process. My email address is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130

      Comment by makuemma | July 18, 2014 | Reply

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  33. I am in contact with a ministry to the orphans in Uganda. My husband and I are in our fourties and are researching adopting a sibling group (brother and sister under the age of 14). Are the three year residency requirements waived in the case of international adoptions? Who would we contact in Uganda about the legistics of adopting them?

    Comment by Sarah Noll | June 20, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Sarah Noll, thank you for your concern. My name is Arnold Mexus Darnell & am an American Citizen. I have a child support center in Uganda that am running and will help you with the adoption process. My email address is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130

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  41. can my husband and I adopt a child if she still has living parents? The mother is unable to care for the child and the dad has abandoned the family.

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    • Hi Cyber Girl, did you get help with your questions about adoption of a child from Uganda?! Thank you for your concern. My name is Arnold Mexus Darnell & am an American Citizen. I have a child support center in Uganda that am running and will help you with the adoption process. My email address is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130

      Comment by makuemma | July 18, 2014 | Reply

  42. I was born in Uganda but have lived in Canada for the last 24 years. I am a single mother of a five year old son and we live comfortably.my question is how do I go about adopting or being legal guarding to my 10 year old cousin whose parents are separated and the girl living in terrible conditions.
    Who can i contact here for how to proceed.

    Thank you,
    Michelle.

    Comment by Michelle Jamal | November 2, 2012 | Reply

    • Hi Michelle Jamal, did you get help with your questions about adoption of a child from Uganda?! Thank you for your concern. My name is Arnold Mexus Darnell & am an American Citizen. I have a child support center in Uganda that am running and will help you with the adoption process. My email address is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130

      Comment by makuemma | July 18, 2014 | Reply

  43. My concern is how does one own a child when they have marriage certificate, it was just a form of girlfriend & boyfriend.if a girl friend get married to another man , who will then be the father of the girl/ aboy

    Comment by franco | November 15, 2012 | Reply

  44. it must not be all about adopting the child,but the person seeking to adopt the child should take the full responsibility of taking care of the child plus mother from the time of delivery till that time when child will be able to i identify who is the mum/ father .
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    Comment by franco | November 15, 2012 | Reply

  45. If anyone has any advise as I begin the process of adopting/legal guardianship for a baby girl in Uganda I would GREATLY appreciate it. I don’t know where to fully begin and would love to talk to someone who has the experience and has been through it before. My email is ammorgan26@gmail.com and would appreciate any advise you can give me! Thank you,

    Alyssa

    Comment by Alyssa Morgan | November 23, 2012 | Reply

    • I am advising all Uganda inquiries to contact Across The World Adoptions. http://www.atwakids.org They have a program with Uganda and might be of assistance. Best of luck to you!

      Comment by adoptionupdate | May 7, 2013 | Reply

  46. Hello there, am Ugandan, i have now a 4year old daughter that has been raised by my boyfriend of 3years and half now. she calls him daddy considering from the moment that he came into my life, he has taken up that role. this year we plan to marry. he is foreign and living in England and he wants to adopt my girl. thing is the biological dad is around somewhere however since he found out i was expecting a baby, he is never taken any interest in parenting this child. so i asked, how complicated is my situation when it comes to the adoption process?

    Comment by Esther Milly Opondo | January 2, 2013 | Reply

    • I am advising all of my inquiries to contact Across The World Adoptions. http://www.atwakids.org. They have a program with Uganda and they might be of assistance to you.

      Comment by adoptionupdate | May 7, 2013 | Reply

    • Dear Esther, The biological father of your child had to consent to the adoption

      Comment by Angualia Daniel | May 9, 2013 | Reply

  47. I am a 40 year old american and am married. I have a godson who is an orphan in Uganda. He is 21 years old and is of sound mind to make his own decisions. Does anyone know if we can legally adopt him and what is the process?

    Comment by jana | January 8, 2013 | Reply

    • For some reason, your comment is just now showing up. I apologize for the delay. I would contact Across The World Adoptions. http://www.atwakids.org They have an adoption program with Uganda and might be able to help you. Good luck!

      Comment by adoptionupdate | May 7, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Jana,

      Good morning, did you get help with your questions about adoption of a child from Uganda?! Thank you for your concern. My name is Arnold Mexus Darnell & am an American Citizen. I have a child support center in Uganda that am running and will help you with the adoption process. My email address is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130

      Comment by makuemma | July 18, 2014 | Reply

  48. If I am a Colombian living in the US with a non immigrant visa (H1B), and adopt a child from Uganda (as a single mother), what do I need to do to bring the child with me to the US? Will I follow the procedures for an H1B visa for the child after she has gotten a Colombian passport? Or should I do anything else since she is adopted and not biological?
    Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

    Comment by LiLo | January 11, 2013 | Reply

    • I would contact Across The World Adoptions. http://www.atwakids.org as they have a program with Uganda. They might be able to answer this question. Good luck!

      Comment by adoptionupdate | May 7, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi LiLo,

      Good morning, did you get help with your questions about adoption of a child from Uganda?! Thank you for your concern. My name is Arnold Mexus Darnell & am an American Citizen. I have a child support center in Uganda that am running and will help you with the adoption process. My email address is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130

      Comment by makuemma | July 18, 2014 | Reply

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  56. Hello, does anyone of you know anything about adopting a child from Uganda by European Union citizens? There is almo no info about it on the web. Please help if you know something.

    Comment by Laura | June 3, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Laura,

      Good morning, did you get help with your questions about adoption of a child from Uganda?! Thank you for your concern. My name is Arnold Mexus Darnell & am an American Citizen. I have a child support center in Uganda that am running and will help you with the adoption process. My email address is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130

      Comment by makuemma | July 18, 2014 | Reply

  57. That would depend on ehich EU country you wang to adopt from. It is podsi le from some EU countries and impossible from others. I have adopted ftom Europe, feel free to email me with more questions. Isabellecoad @ yahoo.co.uk

    Comment by Isabelle | June 4, 2013 | Reply

  58. Hello,
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    Comment by Limengo Julius | June 5, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Limengo Julius,

      Good morning, did you get help with your questions about adoption of a child from Uganda?! Thank you for your concern. My name is Arnold Mexus Darnell & am an American Citizen. I have a child support center in Uganda that am running and will help you with the adoption process. My email address is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130

      Comment by makuemma | July 18, 2014 | Reply

  59. Which country did u adopt from jena? I’m from Canada, please tell me more about the whole process. Any info would be really helpful

    Comment by Derrick Wiebe | June 8, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Derrick Wiebe,

      Good morning, did you get help with your questions about adoption of a child from Uganda?! Thank you for your concern. My name is Arnold Mexus Darnell & am an American Citizen. I have a child support center in Uganda that am running and will help you with the adoption process. My email address is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130

      Comment by makuemma | July 18, 2014 | Reply

  60. Hi came across your page tonight and could be doing with some help if anyone can, im just back from uganda in june and have been looking into adopting a child from a babies home there, i live in the uk and cant seem to find much information on adopting and bringing the child back to the uk, ive emailed our foreign office and government to see if the child would be granted citizenship if i was successful but still awaiting a response
    can anyone help me??
    my email address is cferns28@googlemail.com

    Comment by carol | July 21, 2013 | Reply

  61. Love this site….Question… My daughter inlaw is almost a US citizen and she and my son wants to adopt her 14 yr old sister from Kampa to bring her to the US. They already pay for her upkeep and the rest of the siblings in Uganda. My daughter inlaw had raised her siblings at a young age(14) when her parents were killed. We are being told that the process would cost around 10 k….Is this true and if so why? Thank you so much for your response and all that you do to help others.

    Comment by deb | July 25, 2013 | Reply

    • 10K is on a very high side iwithout any justification. Try other options.

      Comment by Angualia Daniel | August 2, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Deb,

      Good morning, did you get help with your questions about adoption of a child from Uganda?! Thank you for your concern. My name is Arnold Mexus Darnell & am an American Citizen. I have a child support center in Uganda that am running and will help you with the adoption process. My email address is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130

      Comment by makuemma | July 18, 2014 | Reply

  62. Is it possible to adopt a child if you’ve been treated for anxiety or depression in the past?

    Comment by L | July 25, 2013 | Reply

    • It is possible to adopt. The most important thing is that an adoption agency/ social worker is able to get you a favorable home study and your country approves the adoption. http://www.adoptioninuganda.wordpress.com

      Comment by Angualia Daniel | August 2, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi L,

      Good morning, did you get help with your questions about adoption of a child from Uganda?! Thank you for your concern. My name is Arnold Mexus Darnell & am an American Citizen. I have a child support center in Uganda that am running and will help you with the adoption process. My email address is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130

      Comment by makuemma | July 18, 2014 | Reply

  63. Dear Tricia, In which countries do you have adoption programs?

    Comment by Angualia Daniel | August 2, 2013 | Reply

  64. Hello to those of you looking for baby to adopt, am olivia by name and am from south africa, i have a set of twins boy and girl, i don’t have all it takes to take care of them as i have made my decision to put them for adoption, intreasted couples looking forward to adopt the babies should please contact adoptionbabyhome@live.com, or my private email on oliviaphilip40@Gmail.com. i don’t just want the little children to suffer anymore please HELP by coming to take them from me i beg you, thank you.

    Comment by Olivia | August 5, 2013 | Reply

  65. I have a slightly unusual situation.I am a Canadian and I met a young teenager online through church postings. He is 16 years old and a Christian. His step father is a Muslim and abuses him and has put him in boarding school to keep him out of the house. It is a very disfunctional home in many more ways. This young boy and I have been communicating for many months several times a week on the the internet and he loves me as a mother and I love him as a son. He wants me to adopt him and I want the same. I am going to Uganda in the spring for a month on a missions trip.. This boy’s mother has agreed to give over legal custody to me so I can adopt him and bring him home to Canada to give him a better life.His father is dead. This boy’s much older half brother agrees with this arrangement as does the Pastor of his church who is very aware of all aspects of the situation. I cannot live in Uganda for 3 years to wait to adopt or get legal guardianship. By then he will be of legal age to leave by himself anyway. What if anything can I do about this unusual situation?

    Comment by Darlene Webster | August 16, 2013 | Reply

  66. I work with a school for deaf children in Kawempe and we have heard about international fostering. Is the is possible? We would love to foster some of the kids from the school. Our nephew is deaf, so our family signs and there are amazing deaf schools right where we live. These kids have so much promise, we would love an opportunity to foster them long term and help them develop language skills and learn. Anyone have any info/leads about international fostering?

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  67. I am in Kasese Uganda RIGHT NOW and my fiance and I have fallen in love with a disabled child. We are here at an orphanage with a non profit that implements sustainability projects in orphanages.We want to adopt him as our first child. We can get our marriage certificate as soon as we get home. Our wedding is scheduled for April but this child is much more important to us!!!!!! what is the first step?!?!?!?!!?! I am devastated at the thought of leaving him and will be leaving Uganda on Tuesday and I know that I will cry the entire way home. We have been completely inseparable and he is a little ANGEL! we want to take him home and give him a great education, medical assistance and the one on one attention and love he so desperately craves. SOMEONE tell me what the first step is please! He is in my arms right now. : )

    Comment by EuniceAmateurTramp | September 2, 2013 | Reply

  68. Our home study is almost complete and we will be sending all of our paperwork to our attorney for our Indy adoption. We are confused about how the documents such as birth certificates need to be notarized. A friend that is a notary did something where she notarized my signature that these documents are true. Some people say don’t worry about it, it’s not a big deal. I am just confused. When I ask my lawyer, she just says that it needs to be notarized. I am pretty sure that it means something different to them. The link isn’t working to check your site. Any help I could get would be appreciated!

    Comment by K Detrow | November 13, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi K Detrow,

      Good morning, did you get help with your questions about adoption of a child from Uganda?! Thank you for your concern. My name is Arnold Mexus Darnell & am an American Citizen. I have a child support center in Uganda that am running and will help you with the adoption process. My email address is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130

      Comment by makuemma | July 18, 2014 | Reply

  69. Hi Eunice Tramp, my name is Arnold Mexus Darnell, am an American Citizen running a child development center in Uganda. Please reach me on my email & I will help you but a marriage certificate is so important as a couple. My email is; mexusdarnell@aol.com & my mobiles are; +256772972249 & +256705275130.

    Comment by Arnold Mexus Darnell | June 23, 2014 | Reply

  70. Hi everyone
    I am really hoping that someone can help us because we have been running into a lot of dead ends in Canada thus far.
    My husband are from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and recently travelled to Gayaza, Uganda. While volunteering in a local hospital and school we stayed with the head Madame of the school who has taken in 11 orphans to live with her. She is on the process of becoming all of their legal gardian as none of the Holstein have any traceable family members remaining. We fell in love with all of them but Two of the children, a brother and sister, ages 9-10 and 5-6, really stole our hearts. Their current “adoptive mother” has asked that we bring them to Canada to live with us and to give them a life that she knows she cannot do on her own at this point. Both children have expressed excited interest in living in Canada with us and so now we just need to find a way for this to happen. We don’t care if we have to become sponsors first and then legal gaurdians and then adoptive parents. We just want these two blessings home with us. it is impossible to explain such a pure, instant love to anyone except those on this website. So if anyone can assist in anyway or knows of someone who handles situations like this in Canada, please let us know. We will be forever grateful!
    Lin

    Comment by lindsayaboud | July 12, 2014 | Reply

  71. My husband and I recently travelled to Gayaza Uganda to volunteer in a local clinic and school. While there we stayed with head Madame of the school, Lillian. This amazing woman has taken in and adopted 11 children between the ages of 5 and 16. However is finding it hard to make ends meet. We have committed, along with the support of our families, to raising money to help improve the school and we will continuously be sending money for food as well as sending clothing, toys etc. to the school. However, while we were there we fell in love with all the children, but two in particular. One boy named victor who is 9 or 10 and his little sister, Walder who is approx. 6 years old. They are both so filled with joy and love yet carry so much sadness as well. Lillian first mentioned to us that if we wanted to, she would love for us to take them to Canada. They have lived with her for a year and she knows that Victor’s dreams are too large for her to fulfill on her own in Uganda. He is passionate about becoming a doctor and is an incredibly bright boy, who could do anything if given the chance. We would love nothing more than to bing these two blessings home to live with us and who would be the first children in our family. We are hitting a lot of dead ends in regard to how this can happen. We are more than willing to start as legal guardians or even sponsors while we work towards an adoption, we just don’t know where to begin since Canadian agencies do not have a lot of experience with Ugandan adoptions. If anyone has any advice or knows of anyone that can help. please let me know or email at lindsayaboud@gmail.com. We cannot thank you enough for helping us start our family with these two amazing kiddos :)

    Comment by lindsayaboud | July 12, 2014 | Reply

  72. After coming home from my trip to Jinja this summer and talking and praying with my husband we have decided to start the adoption process. I really felt God working on my heart while I was in Uganda. So I was going to ask you if anyone knows the first steps to getting started. Agencies or independent? Any info would be great! my husband and I are currently in search of an agency! Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks
    Yvonne
    ymk.stone@gmail.com

    Comment by Yvonne Stone | July 19, 2014 | Reply


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