Demand that Romania Reverse Ban on International Adoption

Target: Government of Romania

Goal: Allow Romanian orphans to be adopted internationally

In 1989, reports exposed tens of thousands of abandoned children suffering abuse and neglect in Romania’s orphanages. The West was outraged. While the orphanages have generally improved, nearly 70,000 children remain wards of the state. A law was implemented recently to discontinue the international adoption of the children who remain desperate to find homes. Now these children, falling victim to a suffering Romanian economy, have far fewer prospective parents that may feasibly take care of them. Reverse this baffling new law that reverses Romanian social progress and children’s rights. Please sign this petition today.

Under Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu, handicapped and orphaned children were neglected, rarely bathed, and malnourished in orphanages throughout the country. His overthrow and execution revealed many nasty truths, including routinely overcrowded facilities and children often without toys or proper socialization.

The new law banning international adoption is intended to make domestic adoption easier in Romanian, however, adoptions remain relatively rare. This move is not one for children’s rights. It supports parents’ rights often impacting the children for the worst. Many children now linger in the system because their mothers express interest by stopping by once a year.

Put an end to this detrimental system. Allow individuals who long to raise children to have that opportunity. Allow Romanian’s abandoned children to enter the loving arms of families abroad. Put an end to the Romanian law banning international adoptions.


Dear President Traian Basescu,

Please repeal the law banning international adoption of Romanian children. Over 70,000 kids sleep in orphanages countrywide each year. Officials believe thousands more have gone uncounted. Put this child neglect to rest by allowing eager, loving parents to take care of Romania’s overlooked, discarded youth.

It is imperative that these children are treated properly in these crucial years for personal development. Though your country is suffering and will not allocate more funding to orphanages and social services for the children, you ought to let individuals abroad help their cause. The solution is very simple. End the law banning international adoptions today. I am following this issue very closely and look forward to seeing these changes.


[Your Name Here]

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