How To Adopt In Uganda

What is Adoption?

Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting of another, usually a child, from that person’s biological or legal parent or parents.

Legal adoptions permanently transfer all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation, from the biological parents to the adoptive parents.

How To Adopt In Uganda

1. Fill in an expression of interest

2. Social Worker initial visit

3. Family assessment

4. Going to Panel

5. Being matched with a child

6. Bonding with your child

7. Taking your child home

8. Making the adoption legal

How long does the adoption process take in Uganda?

The I-600 process may take between three weeks to several months to complete.

Prospective adoptive parents should allow sufficient time to complete the necessary processing of the case with the Ugandan High Court.

What are the requirements to adopt a child in Uganda?

Uganda Adoption Requirement

In addition to the USCIS eligibility requirements for prospective adoptive parent(s), Uganda has the following adoption eligibility requirements. If you feel you are not eligible to adopt from Uganda, or you are unsure, please contact us for a free case-by-case consultation regarding your adoption.

  • Citizenship: One adoptive parent must be a US citizen.
  • Age: Applicants must be at least 25 years old and 21 years older than the child they plan to adopt. In the case of a married couple, it is sufficient for one spouse to meet these requirements.
  • Marriage Status: Married couples are eligible to adopt regardless of the length of the marriage. Consult CAN. Singles may only adopt a child of the same gender.
  • Previous Children: There are no strict requirements on the maximum number of previous children in the home, however strong preference is given to families with less than five children. Families with five or more children, cannot all be adopted.
  • Religion: No country requirements.  If adopting from specific orphanages, some may give preference to prospective adoptive parents who are practicing Christians.
  • Income: There is no minimum income required. However, you must meet the income requirements provided by USCIS for the child to immigrate.
  • Criminal History: Applicants with any criminal history are not eligible to adopt. Consult CAN regarding any criminal history.