Every six hours, a newborn is abandoned in a Romanian hospital. In most cases, mothers say they do not have money to raise their children. As a paradox, Romania promised the European Union to close orphanages and promote the system of foster parents instead, Realitatea.net reports.
Romania holds an unwanted record of child abandonment in Europe. Since the start of the crisis, the number of newborns abandoned in hospitals has increase in poor areas, but also in Bucharest. “Children are generally abandoned by pauper mothers, who have no resources for themselves, let alone caring for a child. These are very young mothers, between 14 and 17 years old,” said Doru Pana, spokesman of the Giulesti Maternity Hospital.
In Buzau, child abandonment has increased each year. “The number of abandoned children increased from 30 in 2008 to 35 in 2009 and 50 in 2010. They are mostly newborns and children aged under two, which gives us some trouble, because the number of foster parents has decreased of late,” said Claudia Rosioru, head of the Buzau General Department for Social Assistance and Child Protection. There are over 40,000 abandoned children in Romania today.