Nightlight has partnered with a local NGO in Uganda known as Heart of a Child Uganda to open Tender Hearts Baby’s Home. Nightlight is currently the sole supporter of this baby’s home. We make regular trips to Uganda to ensure the safety and care of the children in the home and also take mission teams to Uganda to support the work being done. Children in Uganda are often abandoned due to poverty related to social problems and the parents’ illnesses. Tender Hearts Baby’s Home is committed to providing excellent care to needy children in Uganda. Additionally, the Uganda adoption program is a guardianship, which means parents do not adopt the child in-country but receive guardianship of the child. Families travel to Uganda for court and then again to bring their child home.
Parents can choose to stay and travel only once. Families are given guardianship by the court in Uganda and then adopt their child here in the US upon returning home. A Helping Hand Adoption Agency is committed to helping families prepare for the adoption of children from Uganda by providing educational information on possible developmental delays and health issues.
ELIGIBILITY TO ADOPT
2. Begin your adoption home study and submit form I-600A to CIS.
3. Begin to assemble your dossier. We will give you detailed instructions.
4. Once CIS has approved your adoption home study, you will receive your I-171H pre-approval notice.
5. Once your CIS approval has been received and a child is available for you, you will receive a referral of a child in Uganda.
6. Once you have accepted a match of a child, your dossier will be delivered to the attorney in Uganda who will add the child’s paperwork to your dossier and file with the court for your court date.
7. You will receive a court date and travel to Uganda for the hearing.
8. The ruling will come up to two weeks after your hearing.
9. Return to Uganda for a visa appointment at the US embassy and to bring your child home!
TRAVEL & ADOPTION
You receive a referral of a child from A Helping Hand Adoption Agency. The referral will include a brief social history of the child, the current health and development of the child, and lab test results for malaria, syphilis, and HIV. We highly recommend that you have this information reviewed by a doctor who specializes in international adoption before you make a decision. Once you decide to accept a referral, you will be considered “matched” with the child. Your dossier will then be sent to Uganda to the attorney. The attorney will put together information on the child’s file and add this information to your dossier to file with the court. Once you receive a court date, you will then travel to Uganda. You are not required to remain in Uganda for the court ruling as this can take up to two weeks. The first trip can be only a few days. You will then travel to Uganda to attend the visa appointment for your child at the U.S. Embassy. Once the visa has been issued, you can return home with your child. The 2nd visit can be as little as two weeks. Families desiring to make one trip and remain in Uganda after the court hearing, can expect to be in Uganda for a minimum of 3 weeks. If the U.S. Embassy decides to investigate a case, it can take longer—up to 5 or 6 weeks or longer.
The in-country stay gives you time to visit your child daily at the orphanage and to begin the bonding process. It is amazing to see how children change while their parents are there visiting with them. The bonding process is very important, and being in the country allows your child to transition from being in an orphanage to being with you, his new family.
NIGHTLIGHT and A HELPING HAND’S COMMITMENT
To learn more about adopting from Uganda, you may contact us, call our affiliate office in KY at (859) 263-9964, or directly email our Uganda coordinators, Mike and Lisa, at Lisa@nightlight.org and Mikeg@worldadoptions.org.
Uganda Adoption Program Details:
- Uganda Adoption Program cost will range from $24,370-$27,920
- Children will be 6 months of age and older
- Parents age restrictions will be determined by the adoption agency
- Referral time for the Uganda Program is typically 12 months