New Hope for Children has created a partnership in Uganda, Africa to provide loving homes for deserving infants and children through inter-country adoption.
New Hope for Children has created a partnership in Uganda, Africa to provide loving homes for deserving infants and children through inter-country adoption. Directors, Alisa and Tim Karwowski, have traveled to Uganda and have created a team of adoption professionals in-country. New Hope has attorneys, facilitators, drivers and translators for adoptive parents to work directly with while traveling. We are honored to have been given this opportunity to create or expand your family through international adoption and we are grateful to have developed professional and personal relationships with the people you will be working directly with throughout your adoption journey.
A Peek At Uganda, Africa
Uganda is located in east-central Africa. About the size of Great Britain, Uganda is populated by dozens of ethnic groups. The English language and Christianity help unite these diverse peoples, who come together in the cosmopolitan capital of Kampala. Kampala is a verdant city that includes dozens of small parks and public gardens and a scenic promenade along the shore of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest freshwater lake.
The Swahili language unites the country with its East African neighbors Kenya and Tanzania. The tropical climate of Uganda is modified by elevation and, locally, by the presence of the lakes.
Uganda’s population remains basically rural, although the number of urban dwellers, constituting about one-sixth of the total population, is growing.
Who Can Adopt
Once you have completed the fostering period for 12 months (be it living in Uganda or by proxy) the lawyers will complete and compile your documents and apply for a court appointment. Please expect 6 weeks to get a response from the court registrar that may give you an appointment for 6 to 8 weeks later.
Court Rulings have been taking an estimated few weeks to 6 months for the judge to grant an adoption hearing.
Our in-country facilitator is then able to obtain the passport for you and give it to the lawyers. This process is estimated to take 2 weeks to a month.
Once the passport has been obtained, the lawyers are able to submit your visa application for you to the Embassy taking up to a month. The entire Embassy investigative process can take up to 3 to 4 months and may require additional DNA testing for the child and his/her birth family.
Adoption Process & Anticipated Timeline In Uganda, Africa
Ugandan International Adoption Program
US Citizenship for Foreign Born Children:
Since your child/ren will be adopted in-country, he/she will gain citizenship on point of entry into the United States per the Child Citizen Act of 2000. The Certificate of Citizenship is automatically mailed to you. It may take anywhere up to 8 weeks for this certificate to be delivered to you.
Post adoption requirements for Uganda:
All foreign families who have adopted children in Uganda must agree to submit three adoption reports to the Government of Uganda for the first year of adoption finalization. Failure to do this is a violation of international adoption agreement with New Hope for Children; may result in our Agency’s accreditation revoked and your family being investigated by either government.
The first post adoption report is due prior to 3 months; the second prior to 6 months post adoption and the third being due prior to 12 months post adoption. New Hope for Children and Welcome Home require that all adoptive families self-report, to include recent photos, an update on the child and family twice annually until the child turns 18 years old.
New Hope for Children, and a local social worker will assist in providing post adoption support, referrals to local resources such as an adoption lawyer or therapists, post adoption visits and post adoption reports.
Be A Part Of Something Special.