International Adoption Program: UGANDA

International adoption from Uganda

HIV positive children are starting to be adopted from Uganda.

According to Rainbow Kids and Adoption.state.gov:

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. Singles are allowed to adopt a child of the same gender unless an exception is made.

One parent I spoke with completed the entire adoption in 8 months and another in just 6 months. Costs in the $12,000 range (2010 independent). Here is another cost breakdown. This family also discusses the process and fees.

Travel time 4-6 weeks to complete the adoption in Uganda. There is a 3 year residency requirement which is often waived for special medical needs.

There are links in the right column of this page in the section titled ‘HIV Orphanages’ which may lead you to an HIV+ child in Uganda. You can do an independent adoption with a lawyer for a child you have identified. You can also ask around on the groups mentioned below to possibly find a positive child. One family on the Yahoo HIV Adoption group said that using a lawyer in Fort Portal and using the court system in that city is fast and inexpensive.

For agency adoptions, try Adoption Advocates International, Holt International, Agape Adoptions or Lifeline Children’s Services.

See also the Uganda Adoptions Yahoo Group, Uganda Adoption Yahoo Group and Ugandan Adoption Facebook Group, Ugandan Independent Adoption Facebook Group.

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