Uganda has been called the "Pearl of Africa" for its natural beauty and splendor. Nonetheless, the AIDS epidemic has left a devastating effect of this magnificent country of East Africa. BAAS International’s Uganda Adoption Program has been assisting families to adopt orphaned and abandoned children from the Uganda since 2011. However, BAAS staff has been involved with humanitarian aid projects in Uganda for over 12 years. Uganda allows for both relinquishment and abandonment adoptions. Adopted children travel to the United States under IR-4 guardianship visas and all adoptions are finalized upon return to the US.


The children available for adoption have either been orphaned, abandoned, or legally relinquished. The children reside in orphanages and children's homes. All homes must be approved by the Ugandan government. Characteristics of adoptable children include:

  • Young children who are 6 months old and above, with no known medical needs
  • Older children and sibling groups
  • Waiting children with minor and moderate special needs also available for adoption
  • Children who may have low birth weight or premature birth, or whose history is unknown


  • Older children (usually boys or girls age 6 and above)
  • Sibling groups of 3 or more
  • Children with minor correctable health conditions (i.e., cleft lip, cleft palate, vision problems fixed with the use of eyeglasses, etc.)
  • Children with major medical needs also needing homes


  • Must live within the BAAS licensing area of northern California. Please read additional Legal Requirements.
  • Married couples and single women can adopt
  • Couples must be married a minimum of 1 year prior to starting the adoption
  • Applicants of Christian background preferred by Ugandan authorities, but not mandatory
  • Families must be extremely flexible due to unpredictability of process
  • When traveling to the Uganda, both parents are expected to appear in court before the judge. Upon receiving a verbal approval, at least one partner can return home until passport is processed and appointment has been scheduled at the U.S. Embassy in Kampala.


A law has passed the Ugandan Parliament changing the requirements for intercountry adoption from Uganda. A “fostering period” in-country is now mandatory that may consist of up to 12 months. Parents should be expected to make at least 2 trips.

  • Wait for referral: 0-6 months
  • Wait from referral to 1st trip: 30 days
  • Fostering period: 7 to 12 months

Interested in Adopting from Uganda

Please contact BAAS International