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We have lived in Romania for 16 years now. We have 6 kids.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Adoption

We have another appointment next Monday with the adoption social worker and the psychologist. We spoke with someone locally about the orphan situation here in Romania. She is a social worker who over sees the "maternal mothers". These are homes that are hired to care for foster kids. We found out that in our county alone there are 700 of these foster families. These families are required to take in either one handicapped child or 2 or more foster kids without problems. Most of these homes we are told have more then one child so that is well over 1000 orphans in our county alone but we are told not many adoptable kids are in Romania!! We were also told that in our county that there is an average of 20 babies abandoned each month and yet the government says there is no longer an orphan problem. The problem is the EU came in and mandated new laws that may have cut down on child trafficking a bit but they do not serve the best interests of the children many of which are growing up in unstable and many of them in unloving environments. The social worker we spoke with also has been told by her superiors to hire no more "maternal mothers" and when she asked what she was supposed to do with the babies abandoned each month she was told to track down their homes and send them back. She told us she can't do that. These abandoned babies come from homes where many times there are 20 people living in one room without heat, without running water. It is still a crisis but yet no one in governement seems to see the crisis or really care about these kids who are part of the future of Romania. Please pray that God gives us wisdom as to how to get involved in ministering to orphans and also our next step in the adoption process. We have a connection with someone who over sees 37 children ages 3 to 13 and they really care about the kids and would love to see them adopted. I have contacted her and she is talking with her superiors now about which ones are considered adoptable and we will take it from there.

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