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UVA Grad Hopes to Adopt Child she Met on Missionary Trip

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A University of Virginia graduate has been on a mission in part of Africa and now, her work has led to trying make a big difference in the life of one little girl from Uganda.

Kate Casaday has been working as a missionary in Uganda since 2011. Three years later, she’s bringing a little girl named Lily home with her, at least for a while.

"Being overseas, being in the countries where these kids are being adopted, I think adoption can be a beautiful thing and adoption can be a very messy and sad thing,” Casaday said.

When Lily was brought to Casaday, she was 1 year old, and only weighed eight pounds. She was sick with malaria and pneumonia and it quickly became clear Lily could not go back to her previous life in her village.

Now, Casaday is only Lily's legal guardian but she wants to adopt her. "It comes down to, when you're the legal guardian there's only so much you can do,” Casaday said. "In order to travel back and forth or move here or anything that we would desire to do in the future, we need to finish and complete the process to get full adoption rights."

Casaday says it is hard to go through this process in the same ways that it is hard to raise any child, on top of working with lawyers and agencies in the United States and in Africa for substantial fees.

If you would like more information on Kate Casaday and Lily's story, you can check out her blog.

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