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  1. Visit any child foundation or baby care home and express interest. For example you can Contact Childs I Foundation to get information for prospective adoptive parents including an Expression of interest form which is a simple form that captures your contact details so as to set up meeting with a social worker. A social worker is assigned to you and will become the main point of contact, to welcome your interest, explain adoption information pack as well tell you more about the way the process works.
  2. Preparing to adopt: After your initial meeting with your social worker, you are then invited to prospective and adoptive parents events. This is like an informal training course, along with other prospective and adoptive parents, which gives one an insight into what adoption means today.
  3. You are assessed: Every prospective adopter has to go through a formal assessment process. The assigned social worker will be responsible for this, including a home study. He / she visits the applicant at home to discuss and explore why the applicant wants to adopt, the kind of child he /she would best be able to care for, and overall suitability.
  4. Going to panel: The assessment is then followed by a written report by the assigned social worker and is given to an adoption panel for them to recommend whether or not one should be approved for adoption.
  5. Being linked with a child: Once you are approved, one is linked a child.
  6. A match is made: Once a link is made between the applicant and a particular child, or children, one is given background information about the child which includes a history of their early years, why the child came into care, the childs characteristics, and any particular needs they may have.
  7. Meeting your child: The meetings are planned by the social worker, the carer who is looking after the child and adoptive parent. This is done so as for the adoptive parent to get the chance to bond with the child before they move in. Meetings include visiting the child at a babies home, fun outings, visits by the child to the applicants house as well as overnight stays. Gradually, the applicant and the child will get to know each other, and soon the child will be able to move in to your home.
  8. Moving in: This is always an exciting and a daunting time for all concerned! Moving in can be stressful at the best of times so it doesnt take much to imagine the mix of emotions that this could evoke when youre able to bring your child home for the first time.
  9. Making the adoption legal: An adoption is made legal only after completion the pre-adoption fostering period as required by the Ugandan Law. This is done by the making of an adoption order in court, which is done either in the Magistrates or High Court.
  10. Your life together: Like any other family, you will enjoy watching your child grow and develop.

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Required Documents[edit]

  • Marriage certificate of adoptive parents;
  • Police clearances;
  • Proof of financial stability (e.g., tax returns and bank statements);
  • A report from the Probation and Social Welfare Officer, or a U.S. home study if the prospective parents do not reside in Uganda ;
  • The High Court of Uganda must issue an adoption order for the child to be adopted by the parent(s);
  • 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 meet this requirement).

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Uganda adoption agencies like
Sanyu Babies Home in Kampala and Nsambya Hospital Babies home

Child I Foundation
Email to adoption@childsifoundationorg
Tel: +25676110304.

Ugandas Adoption Authority
The Department of Youth and Child Affairs
Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development
Simbamanyo House, Plot 2 Lumumba Avenue Kampala, Uganda
Telephone: 256-413-478-545
Fax: 256-41-256-374

Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB)
Plot 5 George Street, Georgian House
P.O. Box 6848 Kampala, Uganda
URSB General Line: 256-414-233-219
Registrar General: 256-414-235-915
Fax: 256-414-250-712

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  • To be eligible to adopt must be at least 21 years of age; and there must be a 21 year age difference between parent and child. The applicant must be in good physical and mental health as determined by a medical examination and evaluation to enable them to undertake the responsibility of parenthood. Family Health insurance and life insurance coverage is required.
  • The applicants must have a sufficient income to meet the expenses incurred by adding a member to the family and to make reasonable provision for future financial stability. Indebtedness (not including mortgage) should be reasonable.
  • The applicants home must provide adequate space and living conditions necessary to promote health and well being. The home should have at least two bedrooms. Ownership is not required.
  • If both parents work outside the home, one of the parents should be able to remain at home with the child for at least 4-6 weeks following the return home. This assists with bonding and fosters emotional security in the child. Whether one is able to take time off from work will be considered.
  • State Law does not permit licensed child placement agencies to place babies with prospective adoptive applicants who have a prior history of a felony conviction(s). Certain exceptions are allowable for non-violent felony convictions, but this should be addressed with an agency representative prior to making an application. All prior legal convictions should be disclosed with the agency representative before starting your home study.
  • A husband and wife must be married at least 1 year prior to filing an application of Uganda adoption. The marriage relationship should be stable, as determined through the home study investigation.


  • Court fees are less than $100.00 and may vary according to the number of documents that require notarization.
  • Attorneys fees can range from $500 to $2,000.


  • Once an adoption is made legal it means that the applicant is the legal parent of the child and the child is entitled to an inheritance being family.
  • The Ugandan Government also permits foreign citizens to obtain legal guardianship of children and in some cases allows the child to emigrate from Uganda for full and final adoption abroad.

Documents to Use[edit]

Expression of interest form

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Sample Documents[edit]

Sample form for Expression of interest can be viewed at

Processing Time[edit]

The processing time may go for about three (3) weeks or more.

Related Videos[edit]

Videos explaining the procedure or to fill the applications. 
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The adoptive applicants must give evidence of a mutual desire and love for children. The applicants must be able to provide the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs of the child being adopted.

Adoptive applicants should meet the requirements for adoption in their home state.

Required Information[edit]

Full name of applicant and contact details

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Need for the Document[edit]

Adoption is a way of providing new families for children who cannot be brought up by their biological parents. It is a legal procedure in which all parental responsibility is transferred to the adopters. Once an adoption has been granted, it cannot be reversed. An adopted child loses all legal ties with their birth parents and becomes a full member of the adoptive family, usually taking the family's name.

Information which might help[edit]

  • References will be sought and checks will be made during the assessment process.
  • The Adoption Panel is chaired by the Government of Uganda under The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. It consists of a Child psychologist and representatives from KCCA Probation Officer, Police, adoptive parents and NGOs working with children.
  • Being linked to a child often takes some time and requires patience from you as a prospective adoptive parent.
  • After the child moving in, the assigned Social Worker will visit regularly during the pre-adoptive fostering period to see if all is ok.
  • Making an adoption legal finally means that you are the legal parent of the child and the child is entitled to an inheritance being family.
  • Like in any other family, there are bound to be ups and downs.
  • There are no restrictions concerning children in the family or an applicants ability to have future children.
  • It is discouraged to make 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.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

  • Through prospective and adoptive events one has an opportunity to chat in a relaxed environment with fellow prospective and adoptive parents and hear more about their experiences.
  • Prospective and adoptive events also help one learn what children need from an adoptive family as well as explore what you are able to offer.
  • Most importantly, it marks the beginning of a life together as a family.

External Links[edit]

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