Romania

Hope and Homes for Children has been working to eradicate orphanages across Romania since 1998. Over the last 20 years Romania has made huge strides in reforming its child protection system.  Prior to this, there were over 100,000 children living in institutions across the country. Today, there are under 7,200 children living in 163 institutions; a fall of over 90%. Hope and Homes for Children is working with the Romanian Government to close all remaining orphanages by 2026.

Since 1998 Hope and Homes for Children has succeeded in directly closing 31 orphanages for children. We have developed a range of initiatives to strengthen families, including a network of day centres, emergency reception centres, mother and baby units and community centres. For children who are unable to return to their biological families we have developed a number of alternative care services including foster care, small group homes, young adult support services, specialist emergency services and family based care for children with special needs. To date we have successfully worked with over 8,850 children and their families and helped create the conditions for reforming the child protection system across Romania.

Over the years, over 8,100 participants in our specialist training programmes were equipped with the knowledge and skills to support the deinstitutionalisation process and to work children and families. As a global centre of expertise our Romanian training team have supported the development of new training programmes throughout Europe, Africa and Latin America.

We have worked closely with government and civil society in the development of policy, service standards and national action plans to underpin and consolidate reform of the child protection system.