Romania Without Orphans
Romania is located in southeastern Europe and has a population of about 21.7 million people. Of that number, there are about 100,000 orphaned children living in institutions with more being abandoned each day. Up until 25 years ago, Romania was a communist country ruled by the dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. He imposed harsh economic restrictions on his people causing mass poverty which in turn, with the the lack of spirituality, made abandoning children an easy decision for those stricken hardest. The Roma, or "gypsy" community has also significantly contributed to the orphan population. About 80% of abandoned children in Romania come from the Roma community. Many of the orphaned children have living parents who are unwilling or unable to care for them. Orphans in Romania are ostracized, grow up in orphanages without little or no guidance or instruction on how to function in society, and then are forced out of the system at 18 years old. Unfortunately, this often leads to a life of drugs, violence, prostitution, and involvement in the sex trade.
Romanian adoptions are closed to foreigners. Only about 1,000 national adoptions occur each year in Romania out of the tens of thousands of orphans.
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