High adoption costs deter Ugandans, conference seeks policy changes

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High adoption costs deter Ugandans, conference seeks policy changes
Adopting parents speak to the media.

Adoptive parents in Uganda are urging the government to address the high financial barriers hindering adoption within the country. This call comes ahead of the Adoption Awareness Conference 2024 scheduled for March 7th in Kampala.

Sheilla Kawamara Mishambi, an adoptive parent, expressed concerns at a press conference, stating, "The legal expenses are the most challenging. If the government could subsidize these costs, it would benefit both adoptive parents and the country."

Barbara Nankya Mutagubya, Executive Director of Sanyu Babies Home, noted the critical situation: "Over 200 children in Uganda need adoption, with thousands residing in childcare institutions." She emphasized that adoption offers loving homes within the country, potentially safeguarding children from risks associated with international adoption.

Andrew Rugasira, Chair of the conference organizing committee, highlighted the benefits of keeping adopted children within Uganda for monitoring and well-being purposes.

Themed "Bringing Hope to a Generation through Adoption," the conference aims to foster a supportive adoption ecosystem in Uganda through discussions, sessions, and testimonies. Topics include the legal framework, available support mechanisms, and ethical considerations.

"This event marks a significant step in promoting a culture of adoption prioritizing children's well-being and rights," stated Rugasira. "We aim to create a more inclusive and compassionate society for all children."

The Adoption Awareness Conference 2024 welcomes policymakers, social workers, community leaders, and anyone interested in adoption.

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