In Romania, 18 years ago, about 100,000 children lived in old-type institutions, also known as ‘orphanages’. In 2018, only 6,500 children were living in institutions.
The devastating trauma and consequences of institutionalisation are among the worst forms of abuse and violence. Children who grow up in orphanages show delays in their physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. The young adults who leave from orphanages have difficulties in becoming independent adults and are exposed to abuse, exploitation, traffic and antisocial behaviour.
Our mission is to close down all old-type institutions in Romania by 2026.
For children who leave the orphanage, the best solution is the closest one to a family environment. Once taken out of institutions, the children can be reintegrated with their family, they can be put in the care of a maternal assistant, or they can be adopted.
Children who require specialiased care and for whom family reintegration and maternal assistance is not possible are placed in small group homes, where they live with no more than 10 other children. Here, they benefit from an environment that is similar to a family - they receive housing, care, education, emotional support and counselling for developing the skills they require for an independent life.