Political Advocacy

 

Home Up Action in 2006 The 'Baronness' An Adoptee Speaks
 

Romanian adoptees and their families advocate for the orphans at the National Press Building

where Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase was speaking.

forthechildrenSOS.org/  Washington D.C. July 22, 2004

 

We Still Need To:

          1. Pressure the Romanian Government to lift the ban on international adoptions,

          2. Pressure the U.S. Government to pressure the Romanians, and

          3. Pressure the U.N. to force Romania to deal with the Human Rights Violations of these children.

 

 

For the Children SOS: http://www.forthechildrensos.org/ 

WAS a coalition of adoptive parents and adoption groups who worked to try change the Romanian Government's

 ban on international adoptions. There are currently NO organizations working to correct this situation.

 

Individual action is still necessary.

 

 

      

'There's an old joke that Romania is the land of possibility, where anything can happen—anything bad and anything worse.'  

The Situation in Romania: 2004

According to 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 reforms.

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