HEALTH & MEDICAL ISSUES
Adoption breakdowns have not been a concern to date, according to
the Albanian Adoption authorities. While it is imperative that
parents fully comprehend the possible, documented effects of
orphanage life on young children, it is also important to note that
caregiver-to-child ratio in Albania, in conjunction with the small
numbers of waiting children, affords a significant contribution
and advantage to the childrens emotional development.
Children receive the standard, age-appropriate inoculations, and
are tested for HIV and TB (as are adoptive applicants).
ALCOHOL SYNDROME (FAS & FAE) IN ALBANIA
Historically, Albania is and remains, primarily a Muslim country.
As such, it is still not generally socially acceptable for women
to drink, other than to mark a festive occasion or social celebration.
Culturally, it remains a social norm that is very much intact, and
hence, there are no formalized reports, to date, available to support
the existence of FAE and FAS as a health issue. While it is not
possible to exclusively guarantee the absence of a medical/health
issue, suffice it to say that the overall risk in Albania of alcohol-related
health issues would be definitively and substantially diminished.
SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
As in any population, there are children with exceptionalities
in Albania, residing in the orphanages. Should you wish to consider
adopting a special needs child, kindly contact the Executive Director.