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November 27, 2021

The case of little girl from Baia de Arama given up for adoption to a couple in the US: Manner in which the girl was treated is unspeakable, says PM Dancila

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila said that the manner in which the little girl from Baia de Arama was treated is “unspeakable”, adding that the authorities should set an example for such things not to happen again.

“For me, what happens with the girl from Mehedinti is very important. Beyond the way it was done, [beyond] the institutions, the fact that, I said and repeat it, it’s unspeakable how the girl was treated, we have to see what we can do for the child. And we should judge this thing not only from the Executive’s view, not only from the point of view of the offices we hold, I believe that we should judge this thing with our soul and give an example, so that such things do not happen anymore. No one, no matter what the office, doesn’t have the right to have such a behavior with a child,” Viorica Dancila stated in Neptun seaside resort.

The PM mentioned that she discussed with all the factors involved.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila approved for a message to be sent to the US Embassy, in view of having a “tight collaboration” regarding the case of the girl from Baia de Arama, who was adopted by a family in the US.

“Today, I approved for a message to be sent to the US Embassy with the wish of having a tight collaboration in respect to the situation of Sorina. Together with Labour Minister Marius Budai, we are watching how the girl accommodates to the new environment and we want to make sure that she is safe and gets a good care,” the PM wrote on Saturday on her Facebook page.

Viorica Dancila also announced that “she requested for the control bodies of the National Child Protection and Adoption Authority (ANPDCA) and the National Social Payments and Inspection Agency (ANPIS) to be on Monday morning, at first light, in Dolj and Mehedinti, in order to draw up a thorough report of the situation.”

PM Viorica Dancila also requested Saturday an investigation related to the case of the girl picked up from home, in order to be adopted by a family in the US, underscoring that the persons who will be found guilty will be sanctioned.

The 8-year old girl from Baia de Arama was given up for adoption to a couple in the US, having Romanian citizenship. She was living with the foster carer, who took care of the girl over the past seven years.

According to the local press, the labour agreement of the foster carer had been terminated, thus, the authorities considered that the girl lives illegally at her residence.

In the pictures recorded by the woman’s husband, the 8-year-old appears while crying and struggling to remain with her foster carer, whom she calls ‘mother.’

Representatives of the Mehedinti Social Assistance and Child Protection Directorate General (DGASPC) mentioned in a press release that they haven’t been informed regarding the operation to takeover the minor, which unfolded on Friday, at the family in in Baia de Arama, nor have their presence been requested by any representative of the institution carrying out this operation.

On the other hand, Police representatives informed that the number of policemen who participated in the adoption mission of the 8-year-old girl in Baia de Arama was established after a previous analysis, which also considered the risks to public order that may arise due to a strong emotional impact.

According to the quoted source, the Mehedinti County Police Inspectorate (IPJ) policemen were delegated by the prosecutor on the case to execute a search warrant in a case of deprivation of freedom, issued by the Craiova Court of Appeals.



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