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Uganda Adoption Fast Facts

Discover fast facts about Uganda adoption plus find links to helpful resources and adoption agencies placing children from Uganda in your state.

Uganda adoptionIntercountry Adoptions from Uganda are overseen by the the Department of Youth and Child Affairs in the Ministry of Gender, Labour, and Social Development. Ugandan law requires adoptive parents to reside in Uganda and foster their adoptive child for three years; however, judges can waive this requirement if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the child.

For up-to-date information, visit the Uganda Adoption page on the U.S. State Department’s website. Get parent-to-parent advice and support in the International Adoptive Families group in our online community, Adoptive Families Circle.

Agency Directory of Uganda Adoption
  • 2013 Adoptions: 276 children

  • Hague Country: No

  • Estimated Total Cost: $20,000 to $30,000

  • Profile of Children: 49% of children are between 1 and 4 years old. 54% are boys (2013). Children over age 14 must consent to their adoption.

  • Parent Ages: Adoptive parents must be at least 25 years old and 21 years older than the child. If married, only one spouse needs to fulfill these requirements.

  • Family Status: Both married couples and singles may adopt. Unless an exception is made, singles must adopt a child of the same sex. Same-sex couples may not be approved for adoption.

  • Travel: Parents need to be physically present for a court appearance and their child’s visa appointment. This can be done in either one or two trips. Parents taking one trip should plan to stay in Uganda for four to six weeks.

  • Timeline: One to three years.

Uganda Adoption Directory

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