Country: Romania Adoption

Age Range: 5-18 years old
Sibling Groups: Yes, occasionally
Marriage Length: 1 year, Must be Romanian citizen
Single Women: Yes
Expat Accepted: No
In-Country Travel: 2-3 Trips, Total of 7 weeks

The age and need of children coming home varies. Due to the very specific qualifications for perspective adoptive parents of this program we see few children coming to the US through adoption from Romania.

The matching process beings with the family’s dossier being submitted to the National Authority for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Children, and Adoptions. This National Authority matches the family with a child or children based on the parameters set in the dossier. Families have a period of time to review the referral and decided whether to move forward. If the family moved forward they will travel to Romania for a bonding trip within 60 days of match acceptance.

The process of adopting from Romania is estimated to take approximately 2-3+ years and depends on a family’s openness to age range, special needs, sibling groups and Roma ethnicity.

The first trip to Romania is a required 30 day bonding period that takes place within 60 days after receiving a potential referral. After the bonding period, families apply for next steps of immigration approval. Families will then be summoned to attend a court appointment in Romania. Times vary between bonding and court trips. The final trip is to receive physical custody of the child and complete visa paperwork for their child’s immigration to the US.

About Romania

Lifeline has had an adoption program in Romania since 2013 and works very closely with the National Authority for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Children, and Adoptions, which is the central authority of adoption in the country of Romania. Lifeline has a positive relationship with the National Authority. The most important qualification to adopt from Romania is that at least one parent must be a Romanian citizen, proven by passport.

The Need

More than 47,000 children are considered abandoned, 29% of which reside in residential care institutions. Care for children leaving instructional care is highly insufficient. The fate of Romania’s abandoned children is an unresolved issue.

How You Can Help

If you or your spouse have Romanian citizenship, consider applying to adopt. Non-Romanian-citizens can learn more about Lifeline's work and how you can get involved in Romania by clicking the Global Care Initiative below

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