Though exact numbers are not available, according to the most recent estimates, there are approximately 2.5 million orphans in Uganda, over a million of whom were orphaned as a direct result of AIDS. In a country where the median age is only 15, as many as 1 in 6 children under the age of 17 is an orphan.

Living Hope Adoption Agency has partnered with a respected Ugandan law firm and with a number of authorized Babies’ Homes in the country to develop an adoption program where it is our goal to locate Christian families for orphaned and abandoned children.

Currently, Uganda requires adoptive families to foster their children in Uganda for a period of at least 1 year. After the fostering period is over, pre-adoptive families will then be able to petition for adoption.

Effective May 20, 2016, the Ugandan Children’s Act was amended, in an attempt to close loopholes exploited by child traffickers, to set in place a new law that involves a one year residency in Uganda for all families in order to adopt from the country. At this time, we continue to wait for the US Department of State to issue their statement regarding this child right protection bill.

Effective June 2, 2016, Uganda now requires prospective adoptive families to reside in the country for a period of one calendar year before being eligible to adopt. Waivers may be granted.

Please contact our agency for the status of applications via phone or email at

General Information about Uganda

US Department of State Country Adoption Profile

Uganda Embassy in Washington, D.C.

US Embassy in Uganda

General Country Information

CIA World Factbook

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