New laws in Uganda of May 2016 will make it more difficult for most foreigners to adopt from this country. The residency requirement with fostering of a child in Uganda is for one year before an adoption will be approved by the Ugandan authorities.
A Family in Bloom Adoption has an established staff of in-country Ugandan representatives to work with our adoptive families. This includes an experienced international adoption attorney. Our agency does not work with cases where proxy placements occur instead of residence abroad by the adoptive parents.
We are still taking Ugandan adoption cases for American families that fall into two categories:
- Kinship adoptions (extended family of the prospective adoptive parents).
- Families that are currently living in Uganda or will be able to fulfill the new residency requirements and already have an identified match child.
Once encountered and experienced, Uganda is a place that becomes special in many people’s hearts, which invites for a joyous return. The treasure lies in the Ugandan people, who, as a whole, are welcoming and engaging. Although life may be a challenge for many in Uganda, it is met by a resilient spirit, strong religious faith and business acumen working towards a better life. Music and dance are important aspects of their culture.
The visual impact of Uganda is powerful as well. One is struck by the vibrancy of colors that awaken the senses, cascades of blossoms covering the trees, the potpourri of fruit at market stands and brightly patterned clothing.
Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”
— Garrison Keillor
The majority tribe in Uganda is the Buganda group, whose historical seat of power was in and around Uganda’s present capital city of Kampala. However, there are approximately 90 other tribes of varying sizes and with diverse customs spread throughout the country. A former British colony, the English-language predominates for business and in the educational system, obviously facilitating matters for the American visitor. Uganda has made significant strides in the past decade, with the end result of developing into one of the strongest growth economies on the African continent. Coffee is the major export crop, followed by, in this order, tea, tobacco and agricultural products. Roughly 85% of the population resides in rural areas and practice subsistence farming. The country is verdant and fertile, producing several harvests a year.
A combination of poverty and personal hardship stories underlies the international adoption of Ugandan children. It is frequently the case that orphanage children have lost parents due to maternal mortality and AIDS. Children reside in private orphanages established by individuals that often possess a strong moral compass and religious calling to make a difference in their communities. There is no governmental assistance to these homes, many of which struggle to find the resources to provide for the children in their care.
Children Available for Adoption: Age range of 6 months to 14 years. Children of a young age are available for adoption from Uganda, as are sibling pairs. Biologically unrelated children can also be adopted simultaneously.
Criteria for Adoptive Parents: Married, heterosexual couples have the best chance of a match, but single women have also successfully adopted children from Uganda. Prospective adoptive parents must be at least 25 years of age and 21 years older than the adoptive child.
Common Reasons Children are Available for Adoption: Abandonment, death of parents or guardians, poverty and family dysfunction.
Financial: A family should have a solid economy that can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Ugandan court with financial documents such as bank statements and home ownership.
Please contact us to learn more about our international adoption services.