Preventing child abandonment in Romania

Child abandonment in maternity units and pediatric hospitals is a continuing problem in Romania. Lack of education and preventative services such as counseling, financial assistance, support for mothers to find employment; poverty; and societies rejection of unwed mothers are some of the main causes of child abandonment. Thousands of infants are abandoned immediately after birth, or after being cared for in pediatric units. World Vision is working to prevent child abandonment in Cluj and Vilcea Counties and in Romania’s capital, Bucharest. Text and Photos by World Vision Romania Communications staff.