Foster homes for orphan children to be disbanded in Romania by 2021

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The Government has adopted a draft law disbanding the old foster homes for orphan children who are in the state’s care. As of 2021 these children under social protection will be able to live in family type apartments, the Government spokesperson Nelu Barbu has announced on Wednesday.

According to the draft bill, the target is to encourage the placement of these children in families or at their relatives, by granting them a support allowance.

The law compels the local authorities and private social services providers to close old foster homes or to reorganise the residential type dwellings by December 31, 2020.

After January 1, 2021 children will receive proper care in family type houses, where maximum 12 children will be accommodated in every house. An apartment will be able to host maximum 7 children.

Fines for not complying with these new rules will range from RON 3,000 to RON 10,000.

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