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Our Work in Albania

Bethany Global knows that children grow best in loving families, especially when family life is stable, safe, and nurturing. Together with our partner, Bethany Social Services Albania (a separate entity from Bethany Christian Services in the U.S.), our programs reflect our commitment to strengthening families and finding loving homes for children, either through international adoption or alternative, family-based care.

Meet the Children

Most of the children who are eligible for adoption in Albania come from smaller orphanages and range in age from 12 months to 15 years old. The majority of children have minor to significant special placement needs.

The Albania adoption program is also open to several families each year who may adopt older children who have no identified special placement needs, although the children may manifest effects of institutionalization. The wait time is estimated to be two to three years and parents should be prepared to accept a child who is a minimum of 0-9 years old at the time of referral. Bethany also receives several referrals each year for waiting children with special needs who may be as young as 1 years old and whose adoption processes may be expedited.

Child Protection and Welfare in Albania

Bethany Global works with Bethany Social Services Albania and the government to help children and families in need through quality social services and the promotion of professional social work. Our programs focus on three distinct and equally important areas:

* Developing professional social services for children and families at risk of being outcast.

* Increasing the professional level of services provided throughout the country.

* Increasing community involvement in addressing child and social welfare issues.

Foster Care in Albania

Children in foster care have been removed from their families because of neglect and abuse. They are placed with Bethany’s Albanian foster parents who can meet their need for a loving and supportive home environment. The children are in the legal care of the government but, like every child, they need a family to care for them.

Counseling in Albania

Bethany Social Services Albania was the first organization to provide comprehensive counseling services for women, children, and families who are at risk of abandonment, abuse, neglect, exploitation, and human trafficking.

Experienced counselors offer individual, couples, group, pregnancy, and family counseling and are clinically certified with documented excellence in their area of expertise. A therapist develops a treatment plan with each client to ensure spiritual, emotional, and mental health goals are addressed in a timely manner.

Keeping Families Together

A loving, stable family is central to a child’s safety and well-being. We offer a range of community-based family support services—working with in-country partners to minister in culturally appropriate ways. One of the main goals of our services is to keep families together by helping them through hard times.

Adoption from Albania

Bethany Global has a long-standing relationship with our adoption partners in Albania. Our program began in 1991, and many children from this Eastern European country have joined their forever families in the United States.

We partner with Bethany Social Services Albania which works closely with the Albanian Adoption Committee (of the Albanian government) to place eligible children for international adoption.

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