In January 2005 a new law was instated regarding abandoned children in Romania. Children under the age of two were no longer to be placed in orphanages. By July of that year, the orphanages closed including the Brasov orphanage where the FFR team was working as volunteers. After the orphanage closures, the FFR Team moved its operation with abandoned children to the Children’s Hospital in Brasov. Seeing the circumstances these children were in, friends and family wanted to help.
Diaper drives and fundraising began in America and Europe with the goal of providing these children with care and the simplest nessecity-a diaper. Now FFR provides diapers for all the children left at the Brasov Children’s Hospital without their parents. Building trust and forming relationships with the staff, we are now a permanent fixture at the hospital and support the nurses and doctors in caring for the children there.
Children are left at the hospital for many reasons, but most commonly because the family cannot afford to care for the child. Particularly in the Roma community, conditions are incredibly poor and families are large. The hospital has become the holding tank for these abandoned children until they can be placed in a home or center.