What are Romanian families like?
Romanian families are traditionally patriarchal, with lineage being passed through the male line of the family. Men are usually the main income earners, while women assume most of the responsibilities within the household (caregiving and domestic work).
What are Romanian parents like?
Romanian families place a high value on children; their protection and well-being are considered to be parents primary responsibilities. Parents provide care for their children and in return, children are expected to be obedient and respectful and, in later life, to care for their parents.
Why are there so many Romanian orphans?
An estimated 100,000 Romanian children were in orphanages at the end of 1989, when communism ended. The high number is linked to the pro-family policies pursued by former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. In 1966, the regime banned abortions and contraceptives to keep the population from shrinking after World War II.
Do orphanages still exist in Romania?
The standard of living for Romanian orphans is still problematic despite vast improvements since their conditions were leaked to the West after the fall of the Communist government in 1989.
Can I adopt a baby from Romania?
ELIGIBILITY TO ADOPT Both married couples and single women may adopt from Romania. At least one applicant must be a Romanian citizen. Romania will not accept applicants with a criminal history, history of drug/alcohol abuse, or a history of pornography.