Uganda Adoption Program
Uganda is a lush, beautiful country in East Africa. Bordered by Sudan to the north, Rwanda and Tanzania to the South, and Kenya to the west, Uganda is a developed country with a relatively stable government. Once called “The Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, Uganda has made significant progress as a nation since its independence from Britain in l962. The immediate post-independent years however, brought drastic economic decline, social disintegration and massive human rights violations. In 1986 President Museveni took power and the country has since made steady progress to remedy these issues. According to UNICEF, however, Uganda’s children still face considerable challenges:

• Malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhea are the main causes of under-5 mortality.
• Approximately 20,000 babies are infected by HIV annually through mother-to-child transmission.
• Nearly half of the estimated 2 million orphans are orphaned due to AIDS, with the total expected to rise to 3.5 million
• Net primary school attendance has risen to 87 percent.
• Children and women comprise 80 percent of the 1.4 million people forced to flee their homes due to conflict. They live in more than 200 camps, with limited services.

Children are orphaned in Uganda largely due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Programs and services are in place for these children and in spite of the hardships many of them have faced, they continue to exude a wonderful sense of joy. Their caregivers are loving and experienced. Nevertheless, there is a great need to find permanent, loving homes for these orphaned children. Ugandan families are fostering and adopting many children but it is not enough. Ugandan law leaves room for out-of-country families to provide permanent homes for some of these children and Adoption-Link is pleased to provide a program to assist and guide such families.

Family requirements include:
1. Married, if over 50 must consider an older child
2. Open to single women, under 50
3. Practicing Christian
4. There are no minimum income requirements

Some babies, but mostly older children are available. Many of these children have been traumatized and need committed, loving families who are willing to accommodate their special needs. Both HIV- and HIV+ children are available for adoption.

It is anticipated that the time required to complete a Ugandan adoption from start to finish will be 1 – 1 ½ years. Wait times for International adoption are influenced by many factors, so an exact timeline cannot be predicted. Adoption-Link is now in the process of accepting applications from families interested in adopting a Ugandan child/children.

Fees:
Application Fee: $150
Home study Fee (if completed by Adoption-Link): $2,400
Adoption Expenses in the United States: $3,750
Foreign Country Program Expenses and Care of the Child: $4,760
Document Expenses: $75
Contributions: $500
Post Placement Reports (if completed by Adoption-Link); $750
Third Part Fees: $1,370
Travel and Accomodation (2 adults, 4 wk stay)Expenses: $6,080

For a detailed breakout of all fees, please review the Uganda Adoption Program Fees.
Review the Sample Uganda Adoption Service Contract

For more information, please call us at 708-524-1433 or email Heather Breems at heather.breems@adoption-link.org or Noreen Davidson, Uganda Program Coordinator at noreen.davidson@adoption-link.org to request a parent profile form and download an Adoption-Link Application

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Learn about other Adoption-Link programs:
Domestic Adoption Program
Haiti Adoption Program
Alliance of Hope Adoption Program
Chances by Choice (HIV Program)

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