A study of Romanian foster families in Bistrita Judet

Victor Groza
Amy C. Wright, University of Wollongong
Flaviu Bercea

Groza, V., Conley, A. & Bercea, F. (2003). A study of Romanian foster families in Bistrita Judet. Calitatea Vietii,


Romania has been notorious in the last decade of the 20th century for problems in its child welfare system. Child welfare problems and other social problems were exacerbated by the difficulties encountered in the transition to a market economy, including increased levels of poverty, unemployment, and child abandonment. While there still remain many difficulties, there also have been many social development innovations in Romania. In particular, nongovernmental agencies (the private, nonprofit sector) have been developing or assisting in the development of family preservation, family reunification, prevention of abandonment, foster care and adoption programs in Romanian.