It is difficult for us today to celebrate the International Day of Children Rights

It is difficult for us today to celebrate the International Day of Children Rights when children are held in the protection system for 7.5 years (on average) . If one child leaves the system (by reintegration or adoption) in 2-3 years, another has no chance of leaving the system until aging out.

It is difficult for us today to celebrate the International Day of Children Rights when nearly 20,000 children are placed in residential care in Romania and our plan to deinstitutionalize is to close the big orphanages and open many small ones instead of finding families for them.

It is difficult for us today to celebrate the International Day of Children Rights when the amendments to the Adoption Law have been dragging in Parliament for almost 2 years .

It is difficult for us today to celebrate the International Day of Children Rights when we prefer to keep children with Down syndrome or Tetra-amelia in orphanages by looking at an empty ceiling instead of giving them the chance to have a family in another country .

It is difficult for us today to celebrate the International Day of Children Rights when children exposed to extreme poverty in Romania are in greater numbers than adults and access to medical and health services is questionable, especially in these areas.

It is difficult for us today to celebrate the International Day of Children Rights when the mortality among children places Romania in the first place in the European Union , with a mortality rate twice the Union average for the population between 0-19 years.

It’s difficult …

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