The adoption process in Uganda seems, in my inexperienced eyes, to be very different from other countries that you often hear about in conjunction with adoption. Their process seems to be very organic. Free flowing. I suppose a little like I imagine the African way of life to be. 🙂
Most international adoptions seem to be facilitated through lists of “waiting children.” Waiting parents can even receive estimates of how long they will wait for a referral based on how far they fall down the list.
In Uganda, they keep no list. There are, however, plenty of “waiting children.” The Trust for Africa’s Orphans site projected that there would be as many as 2,500,000 by 2010. In Uganda alone! Wow. If there are no lists, then how will these 2,500,000 be accounted for, and cared for, and offered up for adoption?
Our agency has a Ugandan lawyer who, from what I gather, simply calls orphanages near the capital city and asks them about availability. Once he finds a child, then there is your referral. As for the orphans in remote villages, I assume that they have little chance of ever being adopted to a family of their own. 2,500,000. It is an overwhelming thought.