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Adopting children has become a huge trend in the modern world. Celebrities are adopting children left and right, prompting a huge boom in the adoption industry. One of the most popular countries for adoption in recent years is Uganda. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, creating a surge of children being put into Uganda’s welfare system, by parents who are not able to care for them. This can be good for the children involved, as it provides a chance for a better life. But, the biggest reason that Uganda has become such a popular country to adopt from, is that the country has an incredibly quick and easy adoption process. It takes just a few months, whereas other countries could take years. This has created quite a lot of concern surrounding possible exploitation of children. Adoption facilitators will go into slum towns and convince parents to give up their children because of the bad situation they may be in. Many of these children can be abandoned or mistreated because of the corruption in the child welfare system of Uganda. Western involvement and demand for adoption has only worsened the problem. American families looking to adopt need to make sure they are adopting from credible facilities and are going through all of the required legal processes needed to adopt a child. This is crucial to improving the system of child welfare in Uganda.