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Engaging the Ugandan media to create awareness and promote family based care for Ugandan children

In Uganda, the media continues to shape the agenda and change public perceptions in the country. However, in matters of children rights and protection, it sometimes portrays orphanages as a good solution without highlighting the harm they cause.With a view to change this narrative and encourage family based care, we invited top Ugandan journalists to discuss the importance of children growing up in families rather than orphanages. Invited to speak  and share their experiences on the alternative care were Harriet- a foster carer , Joel- a care leaver and  Kristian the chairman Adoptive Families Association, to help the journalists understand what alternative care is and its benefits.

“I wish I had grown up within a family,I would have a family to call my own,” said Joel Serwadda a care leaver while speaking about spending his childhood in an orphanage , leaving the orphanage as a young adult and struggling to cope  due to lack of preparation.  In the background,listening is Kristian Ssekyanzi the chairman of the Adoptive Families Association of Uganda.

Harriet has worked with and cared for children for nine years now. She was one of the original foster carers at Malaika Babies’ home. After the successful closure of the babies’ home, Harriet was keen to continue working with children and she decided to become a foster carer and soon was trained .Since her training back in 2014, Harriet has cared for 5 children in her home. 2 of these children have been adopted into their forever families while one has been reunited with their family. and  she decided to become a foster carer and soon was trained . Harriet  shared that she has seen the children placed in her care develop faster than when they are in an orphanage. “The children grow up faster and more confident,” she said.

Charles Etukuri an Editor with the New Vision newspaper discussing with teams mates from various media houses during a brain storming session at the engagement.

Most journalists noted that they had no idea what alternative care is. “When I came here, I did not understand issues surrounding protection of children, adoption or foster care,” said Juma Sseyid a journalist with Rock Mambo Radio. After the workshop, when asked what he had learnt, he was quick to say the discussions had armed him with tools to use to promote alternative care.“My radio station will undertake an initiative to promote adoption and alternative care in Tororo region” he added.Tororo is one of districts where we are currently working to transform from dependence on orphanages to family based care.Lydia Ejon a journalist from Radio Lira also shared that the discussions were an eye opener for her. “I have been inspired to make a positive change,” she said.

Mr. Shafiq Butanda the Head of the Alternative Care Unit at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development speaking at the engagement

One of the policies under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development is ensuring that children in Uganda grow up in families.“We encourage that instead of children being placed in residential care facilities, we want to see them going to relatives, the uncles, the sisters, the brothers and the grandparents,” said Butanda at the engagement. “To us a family is a better place for children,”

Violet Namata a journalist with NBS TV speaking during the engagement .

Changing hearts and minds is key to our work. Our work with the Government of Uganda is to help implement the Alternative Care Framework and help others embrace family-based care.  We work with Government, donors, orphanages, and families to imagine a Uganda where every child grows up in a safe and loving family. We aim to work with the media ,  to inform and equip the media  with the necessary  information and resources needed  to report on alternative care . We are happy that the Ugandan media has joined us in this cause as evidenced by this story here.

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The Adoptive Families Association is Launched in Uganda

Some of the prospective and adoptive families who attended the launch

On November 10th in commemoration of World Adoption day, the Adoptive Parents Association launched at Child’s i Foundation’s offices in Bukasa, Muyenga. Prospective and adoptive parents gathered together to share their experiences and discuss the issues surrounding the adoption process.According to the Chairman Kristian Sekyanzi, the main aim of the Association is to provide a platform for experience sharing, networking and peer support for adoptive parents and children.“The formation of the Association has become relevant as parents have been going through different experiences on their adoption journeys, dealing with unfamiliar processes and delays that often get frustrating,” noted Sekyanzi. “The Association will serve as an advocacy platform to push for better streamlining of the adoption process in Uganda, to make it less strenuous for the adoptive families,” he added.


‘’I cannot remember life before my daughter, my life is so full,’’ Astrid- Adoptive Parent

“My daughter has changed my life, I don’t a remember a life where I don’t get up every day and I see this huge toothy grin that welcomes me and welcomes the day. She has taught me so much; she has taught me to appreciate the small things in life,” says Astrid, one of the adoptive parents with a smile on her face.“ She adds that “The adoption process is not the easiest process, but it is extremely rewarding when you meet your child for the first time and embark on the journey together”.She is encouraging anyone who is considering adoption to contact the Association for assistance.

35 parents and 22 children attended the meeting. While the parents, at different stages of the adoption journey, shared their experiences and challenges, the children got spend time together and play in the bouncy castle.The meeting also served as an informative Q&A session for the prospective adoptive parents.

Carol Bankusha (R), listens to Amelo an adoptive parent at the launch.

Carol Bankusha, a  member of the Alternative Care Panel at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, shared tips on how to prepare for the final step of the adoption process. She advised against changing children’s names until after the adoption is approved. She explained that changing a child’s name had the potential of affecting court procedures which could unnecessarily complicate the process.


The Association seeks to provide guidance not only to the prospective parents, but also to the social workers and government officials. It aims to normalise adoption in Uganda by advocating for abandoned children to combat myths and misconceptions in Uganda and Greater East Africa, and encourage other families to adopt.Adoptive Parents Association will create a support network for adoptive families and those interested in adopting, as well as the adopted children. The Association is currently obtaining legal status as a not for profit organisation.


The video below bring you highlights from the Association launch event. To those who are thinking about providing a loving home for a vulnerable child in Uganda, you are welcome to join the Association. Feel free to contact us today +25676110304 or send us an email to [email protected]  for more info on how!


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Ugandans Adopt Ambassador Rukh Shana answers questions on adoption

Adopting a child is a life-long commitment that raises many questions in the mind, especially for someone that is considering doing it. We are delighted to have a real-life adoptive mother attempt to provide answers to some of these questions from her personal experience.

Nearly three years ago, Ugandan celebrity TV personality Rukh Shana Namuyimba took the first step towards realizing her dream of adopting a child. She was overwhelmed with joy and fulfillment when she finally held her daughter Laura for the very first time, then only four months old. Rukh Shana has confessed that becoming a parent is her greatest achievement in life so far, and her life is evidently transformed daily as she watches her little angel grow. In this video, Rukh Shana answers common questions on the adoption process to give an insight into what it takes.

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You too can transform your life and more importantly, that of a Ugandan child today by opening your heart and home to them. Contact us on email [email protected] or call +256 (0)776110304