Deadlock halts Belgians’adoption of Uganda children
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – BELGIAN parents that have adopted children from Uganda are caught up in a deadlock between the Belgian Embassy and an adoption agency that facilitated the adoptions.
The Flemish Centre for Adoption (Kind & Gezin), reported on Thursday that the Belgian Embassy in Kampala (Uganda) refused an entry visa to nine parents, who wanted to leave with ten adopted children from Kampala, the capital, to Belgium.
However, the Belgian authorities said the method used by the agency was mired in irregularities.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Didier Reynders, regretted the nine parents were left in a lurch but urged the Kind & Gezin to follow procedure.
He said the Embassy in Kampala received only for four of those ten children ‘s visa application.
Those were, according to the existing procedures concerning visa applications, timely forwarded for further processing to the Immigration Office (DVZ/ODE).
DVZ/ODE is the competent authority that can take a decision in these matters.
However, the final decision for departure to Belgium lies in the hands of the Ugandan government.
“Our Embassy in Kampala does everything to follow as closely as possible the adoption procedures, to report correctly all the elements of the case to the competent authorities in Belgium and to support the families on
site the best it can,” said Reynders.
– CAJ News
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