Monday, 3 October 2016

Street babies

One of the saddest parts of our work is seeing babies being born to former street children who are now street adults. Many children who grow up on the streets remain in their minds, children and refer to themselves as children even though technically they are now adults. These "children" in time become parents, but they are sadly ill equipped to care for their children. This baby is the grandchild of a homeless woman whose daughter grew up on the streets and has now herself become a mother. The chances of this little baby having anything like a decent childhood are very slim if the child remains on the streets. In part due to international pressure on Romania to reduce the number of children in care, the Child Protection services are reluctant to take children from their parents, but in extreme cases do so. It is a sad admission on our part that in the case of this baby, we were relieved to see a child taken into care by the authorities.