Uganda

Adoption Program

Uganda is a non-Hague country. Small World established an adoption program in Uganda in 2013.  The children of Uganda have benefited from the Christian Ministry of Small World from that time.  We seek qualified US citizens who wish to partner with Small World to provide a permanent Christian family for a Ugandan orphan.

This Small World Adoption Program qualifies for financial grants by the foundations who partner with Small World.  The granting foundations are solely responsible for approving or denying prospective adoptive parents.   

Grant Application information may be obtained by emailing buisnessoffice@smallworldadoption.com

Overview

The system in Uganda requires that adoptive parents live in Uganda fostering the child they wish to adopt for 1 year at which time the Ugandan court can legally grant full guardianship of the child to the adoptive couple.  This is not a finalized adoption.  Ugandan law requires that the adoptive parents continue living in Uganda for an additional year before the court can legally issue a finalized adoption.  Therefore to adopt in Ugandan courts requires that you live in Uganda with the child for approximately 2 years.  It may be possible to return to the US after the full guardianship order is issued at 1 year, if the guardianship order is written “for the purpose of adoption”.  It is not unusual for court dates and various appointments to be delayed.  The culture and function of systems is not like it is in the USA.

It is Africa and the emphasis is not on time schedules.  Some delays are normal in the Ugandan systems and you should be prepared to be flexible.   You are in the pearl of Africa so many families take advantage of the sightseeing opportunities and learning about their child’s native culture.  This is the Africa you’ve seen on Wild Kingdom and other similar TV programs.


The adoption process in Uganda

Small World walks with you through the entire process of your adoption. The Small World employees communicate with you throughout the process of your homestudy and actually do your dossier for you as a service. Small World English speaking Representatives meet each family at the plane upon arrival in Kampala, Uganda and guide and accompany you through every step of the adoption process.

You will be in Uganda approximately 1 year before being granted full guardianship of the child and approximately 2 years before being granted a finalized adoption. Our representatives will walk you through the entire process in the city your child is coming from as well as in Kampala, culminating in your child’s visa from the US Consulate. Small World Representatives will accompany you to the airport for your departure from Uganda back to your home with your child.

For any further questions concerning our Uganda program please contact the Uganda Program Director Jimbo Savley at jimbo@smallworldadoption.com.

Requirements

Age

Each applicant must be at least 25 years old. Exceptions to this are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Executive Director when allowed by the specific program to which the perspective adoptive parents have applied.


Finances

Perspective adoptive parents must demonstrate the ability to complete an adoption and to provide proper care for the number of children they are seeking to adopt.


Children

Uganda has no requirements regarding other children in the household.


Marital Status

Married heterosexual couples who have been married for 2 years and single heterosexual females only may apply to adopt from Small World’s Uganda program.


Faith

In accordance with Small World’s mission statement, our Uganda program is open to Christian families only.


Post Adoption

Post Adoption Reports are due at 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months. For further information, please contact Kerri Tracy, Director of Post Placement Services.


Quick Q&A

  • From the time a family’s dossier gets to Uganda, what is the estimated wait time for referral? 6 months average in the past.
  • Who assigns children to families? Does SWA or the government? SWA will make the referrals in conjunction with Uganda officials.
  • When the family travels to Uganda, will their child get to stay with them until they pass court? Yes.
  • How many PAR’s does Uganda require? 3mo., 6 Mo. and 1 year.
  • What visa does the child enter the US on? IR 4, if completing adoption in the US after full guardianship order is granted, or IR 3 if completing the adoption in Ugandan courts.

Fees

Fees for Uganda adoption paid to Small World:

Application  $250
Home Study $2,000
Agency Fee $6,000
Dossier Fee (Includes shipping all documents, Authentication, Registration, and Translation of all documents throughout the adoption process) $1,600
Acceptance of Referral $4,500
Foreign Program Fee (Per child unless indicated) $7,000 – $10,000
Post Adoption Reports (per report, per child)* $400

Estimated Expenses for Uganda adoption above fees paid to Small World:

Document procurement  $500
USCIS Application $775
FBI Fingerprints ($85 per adult living in the home) $170
Roundtrip Air from US (2 adults returning with 1 child) $5,500
Hotel/Ground Trans. (1 year residency required) N/A

Total Adoption Cost:

Total Adoption Cost $29,095 – $32,095

 


Payment Schedule

Application Fee Payment must accompany submission of application.
Services Agreement The signed services agreement must be returned to Small World as the next step after the client’s application has been accepted by Small World. No payment with the Services Agreement is required.
Home Study Fee Payment must be submitted prior to the initiation of Home Study services. The Home Study packet will not be sent and work will not begin until the Home Study fee is paid. Payments for updates are due at the time services are requested. For families residing outside of TN/MO/GA, case worker travel is billed separately and in advance of travel.
Home Study Review Fee All Home Studies are reviewed by our professional reviewers. If your Home Study is prepared by an agency other than Small World, a Home Study review fee of $200 is due at the time Small World enters into a contractual agreement with your Home Study provider.
Agency Fee Payment must be submitted at the time of the completed Homestudy. No further work may be performed toward the adoption until the agency fee is received by Small World. The agency fee for each additional child adopted simultaneously with the first child for most programs is eligible for a 50% discount.
Post Adoption Fee *Payment for 2 reports, per child, must be submitted with the Home Study fee. The report fee balance, per child, is due prior to travel. The number and frequency of reports required varies by country. Please contact the appropriate program director for report schedules. For families residing outside of TN/MO/GA, case worker travel is billed separately and in advance of travel.
PAR Processing Fee Post Adoption Reports prepared by agencies other than Small World require a processing fee of $100 per report. PAR processing fees for all reports are due prior to travel.
Dossier Prep & Registration Fee Payment must accompany the first, original documents submitted to Small World for processing.
Acceptance of Referral Payment to Small World must accompany your “Acceptance of Referral” document for each child. Submission of the intent to accept a referral does not guarantee approval by the foreign country.
Foreign Program Fee For China, the estimated foreign program fee and the estimated in-China travel is billed upon receiving I800 and is due prior to TA arrival. The estimate is updated to reflect actual costs upon receiving the final cost list from China after the requested itinerary is finalized. If the actual costs are lower than the estimate, the resulting over-payment will be credited back to the family. If the actual costs are higher than the estimate, the resulting underpayment must be remitted to Small World prior to departing for Gotcha Day.

For all other countries, half of the Foreign Program Fee is due at the time of I800 or I600 approval, and the balance is due prior to travel.

NOTE: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE ONCE INVOICED AND PAID.

Country And Culture

Religion

According to official government figures, an estimated 85% of the country is Christian, 12% Muslim, and the remaining 3% follow traditional indigenous beliefs, Hinduism, Baha’i, and Judaism. Some Muslims and Christians believe that that the Muslim community is larger than the government numbers reflect.

An excellent article on the country and culture of Uganda: http://conservapedia.com/Uganda

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Travel

You will be invited to travel to Uganda after you accept a referral. You will travel to Uganda for approximately 1 year to receive a full guardianship order from Ugandan courts and an additional year, total 2 years, to receive a finalized adoption from Ugandan courts.  You will fly into Entebbe International Airport near Kampala, Uganda.

You will be met at the airport by an English speaking representative of Small World and escorted to your accommodations. Our representative will be available to you throughout your stay in Uganda.

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More information on the statistics of Small World’s program is available upon request, including the number of adoption placements per year, number of applicants per year, and where possible, the number of children eligible for adoption. Please contact the Program Director via the info form to the right of this page if you wish to receive to discuss this information.