Albania is one of the countries aspiring to become part of the European Union community. Albanian governments one by one are trying to meet the requirements of European leaders by giving them the message that they are worthy to be part of the EU. One of the main problems of our society is deep inequality between social targets. If we will take in consideration welfare issues, state’s attention need to be focused in social inclusion, economic empowerment and dignity integration of different marginalized groups.

Albania counts about 30.000 orphans but this number is not correct because there are many who live near their relatives and no one attempts to “count” them too. Their situation either in the social context or the economics one is much to be desired. Almost every day in Albania reality encounter with orphan’s issues, for their miserable conditions but, how many of these issues are consider from the leaders of the state?

In our country, children without parental care are placed in public residential alternative care that creates more socio – economic problems than helps them to have a life with dignity and integrity in society. This marginalized group of our society faces difficulties in socializing, unhealthy care, lack of professional and quality education, lack of housing and unemployment.

These are some of vicissitudes that crosses one of the vulnerable groups in our little Albania. What about all other people who have other characteristics for which society stigmatizes them, what happens to them? No group is more vulnerable than other, all them together constitute those difficulties that make the state to fray, to fail in class.

In addition, maybe it would be better to be revised/improved policies and to ensure their implementation in practice. A worthy integration, a better life, a better society above all, will be when these children without parental care receive that service that every child in the world should have. To vanish that great pain these children fell, it is necessary to create, first of all, a family environment for them and not to set them apart from others in the so-called “House of Children’s” that more resemble as army silos rather than a house. The best way for this would be the inclusion into the alternative care system the concept of service of “Foster Care”, family-based alternative care. In this way policies will avoid a number of other problems such as; low levels of children and youth without education because growing up in a family is attributed to the high level of education culture, also creates the necessary conditions to a child for further quality education or to optimize the right professional one. Growing up in family-based care also solves a major cramp that exist on issues such as improving the health of the population as a whole, reducing the number of homeless, reducing unemployment for reasons as lack of education, new opportunities of employment because will rise the number of employment in family businesses, and above all, it will increase the level of social welfare of the whole society in general.

Eristjana Karçanaj

Albania, photo author erijstiana