Friday, August 17th, Hope and Homes for Children and the General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection Iasi inaugurated family house ” Petru Rares” in Targu Frumos. This is the second type of family house developed by the Foundation in the process of closing the Placement Center within the ” Spiridon” Social Services Complex in Târgu Frumos. The event was attended by actor Marius Manole, Ambassador Hope and Homes for Children, Florin Ion, General Director of DGASPC Iaşi , Gabriela Baltag, Director of the Spiridon Children’s Social Services Complex, Radu Tohătan, Head of Operations at Hope and Homes for Children.The house was furnished and decorated with the support of JYSK Romania.
The closure process of the Placement Center within the “Spiridon” Social Services Complex in Târgu Frumos began in February 2014 through a partnership between Hope and Homes for Children and DGASPC Iasi. At that time, there were 215 boys in the center, and today their number is 30, ages 12 to 20. Following individual assessments, Hope and Homes for Children identified the best transfer alternatives, including the development of four family-type homes. The first family house, the “Teilor” House, was developed by Hope and Homes for Children with the support of its partners and inaugurated in February 2018. The second family-type house, “Petru Rares”, was inaugurated on August 17, 12 boys moving into it.
The 12 boys aged between 10 and 16 moved to their new home, a two-story building with four bedrooms, a living room, two bathrooms and a kitchen, all very spacious, welcoming and adapted to their needs. With the help of Marius Manole, Ambassador Hope and Homes for Children and other guests at the event, the children planted trees near the house to make it as welcoming and beautiful as possible.
All family-type homes built by Hope and Homes for Children offer children and young people an environment as close as possible to family. In such a home live up to 10-12 children who enjoy hosting, care, education, emotional support and counseling to develop skills for independent living. With the completion of construction and putting into operation, Hope and Homes for Children donate family-type homes to the partner they are working with, in this case DGASPC Iasi, but continue to apply accommodation plans prepared with staff members for each child, and to monitor, in the long run, children and staff in order to proactively prevent possible problems. This house is the 105th house developed by Hope and Homes for Children in Romania.
Iasi is the county where there are now most old-style institutions. In 1997, at the county level, there were 35 placement centers in which over 5,000 children were institutionalized. In 2017, the number of children in institutions and family-type apartments reached 950, while 1,450 children were in maternity. Hope and Homes for Children and DGASPC Iaşi completed the closure of the Veniamin Costache Placement Center earlier this year and are in the process of closing two more placement centers out of the 11 remaining in the county: “Ion Holban” from Iasi and St. Spiridon in Târgu Frumos. During the deinstitutionalization process, Hope and Homes for Children aims to close down all old-style institutions in Romania, the so-called orphanages, by 2026. The Foundation’s programs aim to replace the institutionalized child protection system with a family-based system by reintegrating into the family when it is possible , placing in foster care or family-type homes of children in orphanages. In these homes, there are a maximum of 12 children and young people who have the chance to live in an environment as close as possible to the family, receive care, education, emotional support and counseling to develop the skills necessary for an independent living.