Uganda Adoption Notice

The Uganda country specific information page is currently being updated. In the meantime, we wanted to provide an update on the Children’s Act Amendments.

On June 2, 2016, amendments to Uganda’s Children Act went into effect.  The full text of the amendments can be found on the Ministry of Women, Gender, Labour, and Social Development’s website. Part of the text from the State Department’s June 2 notice about the amendments is pasted below for your reference:

On May 20, 2016, the Ugandan president signed into law amendments to the Children Act that include changes to guardianship and adoption laws in Uganda. Among the many changes, the amendments limit applications for legal guardianships to citizens of Uganda who have lived in Uganda for at least three continuous months. The amendments state that intercountry adoption “shall be considered as the last option” available to children in need of permanency. They also shorten the required pre-adoption residency and fostering period for foreign prospective adoptive parents from three years to one, and state that those requirements may be waived in “exceptional circumstances.”

The U.S. Embassy in Kampala continues to seek further information from the Government of Uganda on the amendments’ practical impact. The government of Uganda is in the process of drafting implementing regulations. Until their issuance, the potential for uncertainty and delays in case processing exist, and prospective adoptive parents should proceed cautiously at this time, and seek guidance from an accredited adoption service provider and/or attorney regarding law or procedure. 

The U.S. Embassy in Kampala will continue to process all intercountry adoption cases in accordance with relevant U.S. and Ugandan laws. If you have questions about your guardianship or adoption case after consulting with your adoption service provider, please write to adoption@state.gov.