adoptees and their families advocate for the orphans at the National
Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase was speaking.
forthechildrenSOS.org/ Washington D.C. July 22, 2004
We Still Need To:
Pressure the Romanian Government to lift the ban on international
Pressure the U.S. Government to pressure the Romanians, and
Pressure the U.N. to force Romania to deal with the Human Rights
Violations of these children.
a coalition of adoptive parents and adoption groups who
worked to try change the
ban on international
adoptions. There are currently NO organizations working to correct
action is still necessary.
old joke that Romania is the land of possibility, where anything can
happen—anything bad and anything worse.'
The Situation in Romania:
the latest numbers (November 2004) provided by the National Authority
for the Protection of Children's Rights in Romania, there are over
82,900 children living in substitute families or institutions. The
children are broken into two groups which are Children Protected in
Substitute Families - 49,929 and Children Protected in Institutions -
32,973. Romania currently has 1,363 institutions to house these
children. Of the children living in institutions, 626 are under the age
of 1 year, 830 are between 1-2 years of age, 2,425 are between 3-6 years
of age, 3,583 are between 7-9 years of age, 7,385 are between 10-13
years of age, 12,565 are between 14-17 years of age, and 5,559 are 18
years or older. No age breakdown is available for children living in
substitute families (foster care. The new law requires abandoned babies
under two years of age to remain in a hospital until foster care is
available for them. These numbers do not include babies under two years
of age that have not yet entered the child care system.
In June of
2004, Romania's government passed a new adoption law that became
effective on January 1, 2005:
This new law
prohibits international adoptions by anyone who is not a biological
grandparent of the child to be adopted.
The new law
also makes domestic adoptions more difficult to complete. Currently,
Romania is averaging 1,300 domestic adoptions a year according to the
numbers provided by the National Authority for the Protection of
Children's Rights in Romania. UNICEF reports that over 4,000 babies are
abandoned each year in Romania. With domestic adoptions removed from
that number, 2,700 new children are being added to an already
overburdened child care system each and every year. Statistics on the
number of older children abandoned each year are not available to the
public. While For The Children - SOS does not assert that International
Adoptions alone can resolve the current crisis in Romania's child care
system, they would be a preferred option to help thousands of children
find permanent families each and every year.
With an ever
increasing number of orphaned and abandoned children in Romania, we
believe that Romania's new adoption law is not only flawed but
inherently catastrophic for tens of thousands of innocent children.
While we support the efforts of the Romanian Government to reform their
child care system, we strongly disagree with their assessment that the
lives and futures of tens of thousands of orphaned and abandoned
children can be placed at risk in order to debate and implement such