Uganda is a country greatly impacted by a history of political unrest, war and the devastating effect of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Unfortunately, these factors have contributed to a large population of orphaned children in the country of Uganda, many of whom have been regularly exposed to extreme adversity including malnourishment and major infectious diseases such as malaria. In fact, it is believed that nearly 78,000 adults and children died from AIDS alone in 2003. Although Uganda’s current president Yoweri Museveni, has brought some stability and economic growth to the country, many children and families continue to deal with the challenges of disease, drought, and instability in a post war Uganda. It is with these factors in mind that AGCI began to identify ways we might help to extend our services of helping children and families in this region of Sub Sahara Africa.
AGCI is blessed to be working with our AGCI foreign service provider who brings a high level of professionalism, compassion and knowledge to our ministry in Uganda. AGCI also has the unique opportunity to partner with various orphanage homes in Uganda to assist in providing ongoing love and support for children in need. AGCI remains committed to preserving children and families through ongoing orphan care and support in Uganda through these partner homes while also being excited for the opportunity to identify forever families for children who are eligible, and who would benefit, from the services of adoption.
Children from 6 months to 15 years of ages are available for adoption. Currently, older children are waiting for adoptive parents. AGCI would like to welcome families into the Uganda pilot program who are open to adopting a child up to 5 years of age.
Once you are contracted with AGCI, your first steps are to begin your dossier and home study. AGCI staff will assist your family in this paperwork process.
Once your dossier is complete it is sent to Uganda to be registered with one of our partner children’s homes. Your family will then enter the waiting period to be placed with a child. This process of waiting can take 6-18 months, depending on the children that become available for placement through our specific partner homes.
AGCI staff will communicate with you directly when a child is available to be placed with your family.
First Trip Travel Process
Once your family accepts the referral of a child, adoption specific documents will be obtained for that child and joined with your family’s dossier. The local district probation officer will then be responsible for reviewing this paperwork and writing a letter of support for the adoption. After this letter is received, our AGCI lawyer will submit your file to the Court and a Court appointment will be scheduled. Shortly thereafter your family will prepare for travel to Uganda. The estimated time in country for the first trip is 2-3 weeks.
Both adoptive parents are required to testify at Court to consent to the adoption. After the Court appointment is approved, your family will return home to the U.S. while our AGCI lawyer works to gather the passport for your child and the necessary immigration paperwork.
Second Trip Travel Process
After the necessary documents are gathered, your family will be invited to return to Uganda to submit I-600 and all the necessary paperwork to the U.S. Embassy in Kampala. Once the file is reviewed and approved by the U.S. Embassy, a visa interview will be scheduled and you may return home with your adopted child.
Due to varying timelines with the court process and U.S. Embassy process in Uganda, AGCI recommends adoptive families travel twice.
Once your child is home, AGCI and Uganda require post-adoption visits and reports at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months. Also, once the adoption is finalized and your child is home, adoptive parents are required to complete their state re-adoption process and register the adoption with the Ugandan Embassy in Washington D.C.
Parents where at least one spouse is 25 years old are welcome to adopt from Uganda. All adoptive parents must be at least 21 years older than the adopted child or children. Parents between the ages of 50 and 55 may be considered on a case-by-case basis for the placement of waiting children over the age of three.
Couples married at least one year are welcome to adopt.
Children in Family
Families with children are welcome to adopt from Uganda.
Families will have a positive net worth and an income of at least $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.
Travel in Country
Two trips are required. Both parents are strongly encouraged to travel on both trips.
Actual costs vary due to a variety of issues, including exchange rates and number of people traveling. The following breakdowns provide a typical range of expenses, with an overview of what is included in each category.
Application Fee $250
Initial assessment of your family’s information to assure that all country requirements can be met to complete an adoption in your chosen program.
Home Study Services $2,200
This is the education process where a social worker will partner with your family to help prepare you for the challenges ahead as an adoptive parent. The social worker will also be learning about your family in order to prepare a document for inclusion in the dossier that explains to the courts how you will provide a stable environment and loving family for your child.
AGCI Adoption Services $6,000
Provides staff and services from AGCI throughout the adoption process, and for years to come through the post-adoption phase. Unlike many agencies, AGCI always welcomes your call.
USCIS and Related Fees $805-$890
Filing fees and related costs to file your documents with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service.
International Fees $7,000
Your dossier is a detailed collection of documents about your family. Many of these have to be notarized, certified, and authenticated. When the dossier is complete, we translate it and facilitate your adoption case in-country through our foreign service providers, the government agencies, and the courts.
Care of Child Fees $3,050-3,165
These fees provide care for your child in their birth country. Included is an orphan care fee that supports ongoing orphan care and payment for your child’s medical checkup and HIV/PCR testing.
Travel Costs $7,500-$15,000
Two trips are required to Uganda. Costs include airfare, transportation, food, lodging, a travel visa for you, and an immigrant visa for your child.
Post-Adoption Services $2,500-$3,500
These fees provide for the creation, administration, and translation of your post-adoption reports. Other post-adoption expenses include your re-adoption fee and ongoing medical insurance.