ELIGIBILITY & ADOPTION TIMELINES
- Traditional Couples that have been legally married for at least 2 years
- longer is preferred. Proof of marriage is required.
- The generally accepted age range is: 25-50 years
- No criminal record or pardons
- The overall physical + emotional health of the couples should be
very good. There
are certain medical conditions, past and present, and use of therapeutic/psychotropic
drugs that will preclude eligibility for the Albania program. Disclosure
is of utmost importance. Lack of it could result in disqualification.
- At this point, applications from singles are not being considered.
- Time to Referral/Child Proposal
After your dossier is sent to Albania, you may generally expect
a referral/proposal in 20-30 months. This is a guideline, and timelines may
are subject to availability of children, at any given time.
Parents should be prepared for the times when there
are fewer children available and look at the upper end of the
waiting time, with perhaps some extra time added to it.
- Travel Requirements
This is a 2-trip process, you will travel to Albania approximately
1-2 months after receipt by the Albanian authorities of formal
acceptance/consent of your referral, and after a court date has
The first trip is approximately 16-20 days in duration, with two
court dates for both adoptive parents to attend during this time.
There is a waiting period for document processing and delivery
approximately 20-30 days following the second court hearing. The
adoption is finalized after the waiting period. Couples travel
back home during this period.
The second trip is approximately 11-14 days. It is during this time
that the bulk of the paperwork is completed, including
requirements and finalization of the adoption in Albania. One of
the adoptive parents (the principal applican) must travel to the
Canadian Embassy in Rome, during the second trip, to obtain the
necessary documentation for theirchild to com back to Canada. This
trip is approximately 2-4 days, while the other parent and child
wait in Albania, for the parent to return with documentation.
Note: Both parents must be present for the court hearings during
the first trip. Only 1 parent need be present for the 2nd trip to
bring your son/daughter home, if it is not possible for both to
be present. Some couples have elected to bring another family
member with them, in the event that only the principal applicant can
travel, and go to Rome.