The new Law of Adoptions, which will come into force in February 2012, will make it easier for abandoned children to find adoptive families, the ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ newspaper announced yesterday. The procedure that will allow orphans to be declared adoptable will be shortened to one year at most, said Bogdan Panait, state secretary with the Romanian Adoption Office (ORA). According to the source, mother’s consent will be needed in the future too, and relatives up to 4th degree will be sought, but the whole process must take a year at most. Furthermore, relatives will be only notified, instead of trying to convince them to adopt the child. “We demand Child Protection and Social Assistance departments to take all measures so that a child that spent one year in the system is declared adoptable,” Panait said. The ORA official added that some 1,200 children are adopted each year, and the number will increase to 2,000 under the new law. A total number of 67,000 children are currently institutionalised in the protection system, and many of them have not been adopted because of cumbersome procedures, the small number of experts and the indifference of those who decide over their fate.