Hope and Homes for Children started the process in 2014 in partnership with the Bacău General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection.
September 2017 saw the end of the closing down process for the Henri Coandă placement centre, the last old-type institution in the Bacău county. Hope and Homes for Children started the process in 2014 in partnership with the Bacău General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection.
Back then 55 children and young people lived in the centre. Each was individually assessed by Hope and Homes for Children social workers and psychologists, who identified the most suitable transfer alternative for each of them: reintegration within the immediate or extended family, care, small group homes or residential centres. Some children had to be relocated to the counties where the parents live, to facilitate family reintegration. Some of the young people were moved to transit centres or social assistance centres for people with disabilities, and young people of suitable age to leave the system received support to start an independent life.
With the closing down of the Henri Coandă placement centre, Bacău has joined the club of counties where no old-type institution remains – Alba, Hunedoara, Maramureș, Olt and Bucharest Sector 6. Hope and Homes for Children and the local authorities provide alternatives that are as close as possible to a family environment, in order to avoid the trauma that the children might suffer in these institutions.
It was 10 years ago that Hope and Homes for Children started its activity in the Bacău county, in cooperation with the Bacău General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection. Since then, 473 children and young people have left the orphanages, 69 have been reintegrated in their immediate or extended families, and over 600 children in more than 200 families received direct support and counselling, in the child-family separation prevention programme. In addition, the Foundation provided technical support for the staff in the system, to help the deinstitutionalisation process.