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Voices from the Silent Cradles: Life Histories of Romania's Looked-After Children

Mariela Neagu


Shortly after the Berlin Wall came down and after the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations, images of malnourished children in institutions in Romania were broadcast by international media. They showed inhumane conditions in which children were living in residential institutions in Romania. Those visiting the institutions were surprised that the babies were silent. The so-called Romanian orphans made headlines for many years to come and they became subjects of several international research studies. To become a member of the European Union, Romania had to ref ... More

Keywords: Children in state care, Romania, residential care, foster care, domestic and intercountry adoption

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781447357988
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447357988.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mariela Neagu, author