BOLAM Update: Visa denied and court hearing
Sadly, the U.S. embassy denied a visa for the sick child we are trying to get to the U.S. for further treatment. Embassy staff told the couple who was granted legal guardianship of the child by a Ugandan court that there had been cases of child trafficking under the guise of emergency medical treatment and that they were denying a visa.
There are always two main steps in the adoption process or bringing a child to the U.S. The first step is going to court in Uganda to obtain guardianship and the second step is to obtain a visa for the child from the U.S. embassy. Before becoming more involved with adoption, I had thought that if guardianship was granted by a Ugandan court then a visa would be fairly easy to obtain because embassy staff would rely on the Ugandan court that due diligence was done in granting guardianship. I was wrong. In fact, you have to prove the case as much to the U.S. embassy as you do the Ugandan court.
The family adopting two of our children went to court today, along with a number of witnesses. Caleb said the court hearing went well overall. The judge did order DNA tests for one of the children and his supposed father. The ruling should be rendered within the next week or two.