Why Uganda?

22 Aug

One thing almost everyone asks after they find out we’re adopting is, “Why Uganda?”  I’ve mentioned our decision process before but I think this topic is worthy of its own blog. 

I like to say that Uganda chose us.  After deciding to adopt, the first thing Josh and I had to do was choose a country.  A natural choice for us was Vietnam because my sister adopted two girls from there.  But, Vietnam is closed so we started to look elsewhere.  A very helpful website is adoptivefamilies.com.  It is loaded with resources and information about adoption, including the facts and parental requirements for every country that is open for international adoption.  Josh and I decided what exactly we were looking for — as far as the age and health status of our baby, the cost of the adoption, the amounts of trips required, and the length of the adoption process — and compared that with each country’s requirements for couples wanting to adopt.  This enabled us to eliminate many countries and narrow down our options.  It was time consuming, but really quite simple. 

Because Josh and I are both under 30 years old and had only been married 2 years when we started the process, we were not eligible to adopt from several countries we were interested in.  This was slightly discouraging at first, but those countries will be available to us next time we adopt.  Each country has their own list of requirements for adoptive parents, including marital status, age, length of marriage, income level, criminal background (or lack thereof I guess I should say), number of children already in the home, etc, etc.

We narrowed our options to Ethiopia, Uganda and Taiwan.  We eliminated Taiwan after finding out they prefer couples who have been married five years or longer.  It wouldn’t be impossible for us to adopt from there, but it would be difficult to get a baby and the process would be very long.  When trying to decide between Ethiopia and Uganda, we came to the point where we had gathered all the information and research possible and really needed something “more” to help us make this decision.  We prayed that God would make it clear which country our baby was in and would close the door to one of these options.  Only a few days after we prayed, Ethiopia announced they would be cutting back 90% on their international adoptions because of corruption in the adoption system.  Needless to say, we got the message and started researching agencies with Uganda adoption programs.

One Response to “Why Uganda?”

  1. Haley McDonald August 23, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    So excited for you guys and you’re adventures in becoming a family of 3!!!

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