Adoption Alert: Ugandan High Court Recall of Guardianship Orders Issued After June 2, 2016

Last Updated: August 1, 2016

On July 27, the Ugandan High Court informed the U.S. Embassy in Kampala that it is planning to “recall” for reconsideration guardianship orders issued to non-Ugandans after June 2. June 2 is the effective date of amendments to Uganda’s Children Act, as referenced in the Department’s June 2 and July 6 Adoption Alerts.  

The U.S. Embassy in Kampala is seeking clarification from the High Court on the impact of this recall on any guardianships issued after June 2, and to ascertain its possible effects on U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents currently in the process of seeking guardianship of a child from Uganda. 

The Department will provide additional information regarding the Court’s planned recall of these guardianship orders as it becomes available. If you have questions about this notice, please contact the Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues via email at Please continue to monitor our website for updates on adoptions in Uganda.