To learn more about adopting from Albania, you may contact us, call our office at (502)-423-5780 , or email inquiries to Lynn Main at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants must be at least 18 years older than the child they are adopting. Both married couples and single women may adopt from Albania. Applicants must be in good health, own a home, and must have a positive net worth. Albania will not accept applicants with a criminal history, history of drug/alcohol abuse, or a history of pornography. Albania is reluctant to accept families with significant medical, psychological, psychiatric conditions. Families with Albanian heritage who meet Albania’s adoption requirements may experience shorter wait times for referrals.
You receive a referral of a child from Nightlight Christian Adoptions through the Albanian Adoption Committee. The referral will include a brief social history of the child, and the current health and development of the child. We highly recommend that you have this information reviewed by a doctor who specializes in international adoption before you make a decision. Once you decide to accept a referral, you will be considered “matched” with the child. You will then wait for an invitation to travel to Albania for court. Most families invited to travel receive very short notice, at times only a few days’ advance notice is given. When you are invited to travel, you will know the date of your first court hearing. Your court date may be 3 weeks out from your invitation, but because you must spend two weeks bonding with your child prior to court, this creates very short notice for you to travel. For the first trip, you will be in Albania at least 2 weeks. Once you travel to Albania for the second trip, you will remain in Albania a minimum of 60 days to process the adoption or you may choose to make 2 or 3 trips depending on the timing of your scheduled court dates. The first 2 weeks are spent bonding with your child. During these two weeks you will visit the orphanage daily. After 2 weeks, you will attend your first court date. At the first court date, you will be given a 2nd court date. This could be just a few days or a few weeks apart. Between the 1st and 2nd hearing, you and your child will meet with a psychologist and the psychologist will write a report to the court. It is at your 2nd court hearing that the adoption is usually granted, but you must wait 29 business days before the written decree will be issued. Once you receive the court decree, the attorney will obtain a new birth certificate and passport and begin the visa process. Both parents do not have to remain in Albania the entire time. Both parents must attend the initial two week bonding period and the court hearings.
Nightlight Christian Adoptions is committed to preparing families for the adoption of a child with special needs. We provide pre- and post-adoption education and information regarding medical resources.
Within 30 days of your arrival home, you must have a home visit by your home study provider. Your home study provider will prepare post-adoption reports and submit them to Nightlight at 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months after the adoption is finalized. These reports include your child’s developmental progress and pictures. This is a very serious commitment; Nightlight is committed to showing the Albanian Adoption Committee and birth families that children adopted by US citizens are healthy and well cared for.
Compliance with post adoption reports is also required by The Hague Convention. Therefore, Nightlight charges a fee to monitor and process these post placement reports and also requires families to pay for the cost of the post placement report in advance.