The lack of love and attachment that are specific to a family and the lack of stimulation and individual attention that every child needs cause devastating effects. Orphanages deprive children from the things they need most in order to grow, to develop and to be able to trust others.
18 years ago, in Romania, there were about 100,000 children in old-type institutions, also known as ‘orphanages’. Today, as a result of our programmes, only 7,000 children are left in institutions in Romania. We focus on closing down old-type institutions and we aim to replace the institutional child protection system with a system that is based on a family concept. We seek to determine the State to adopt our programmes for preventing the separation of children from their families and for reintegrating children with their families. Since the beginning, we have been constantly contributing to the reform of the child protection system in Romania.