I worked in-country with RCR on several projects as they were supporting the development of foster care and the extension of foster care to children with handicaps. The experience for my graduate social work students was always excellent and the in-country support for achieving goals is the best I experienced since going to Romania starting in 1991. RCR is the number one organization on my donation list and for events like birthdays and anniversaries, I ask my friends and family to donate to them rather than give me anything. This is a great organization doing wonderful things in Romania.
Fundatia Inocenti is an incredible organization, and I am so blessed to have been given the opportunity to work with them. Every day is a new surprise and a different challenge, but both the compassionate staff and courageous children make every day worth it. Whether we're struggling through a math problem, trying to understand impossible Romanian grammar, or feeding the tiny babies, I constantly feel like I'm making an important difference in the lives of the kids, and becoming a better person myself along the way. Would definitely recommend involving yourself with this amazing community of people.
This organization is truly phenomenal. They take such great care of the children and provide them with useful information that they will use for the rest of their life. The staff are not only wonderful teachers, but lovely people as well. I would go back and volunteer any day. It was truly a joy.
I was a graduate student in the US when I first heard of RCR - Fundatia Inocenti in 2005. In the mean time, more than 10 years passed and I moved my dreams of living in America, to give back to Romania! It's worth it because together with a great team we can do more as a group than I could have done it as an individual.
Happy to be back home for over 7 years and working for Fundatia Inocenti. I see success every day with every child and family we help. The seeds that we plant today will grow a better society!
I went on a child welfare service trip in 2012, and learned so much about the work RCR is doing! I enjoyed working with the staff and the children! RCR continues to make a difference, and continues to advocate for the Roma people!
RCR is simply an inspiring organization. RCR has and will continue to make such an impact on the most vulnerable children of Romania thanks to the incredibly smart, thoughtful, driven, dedicated, and energetic staff and volunteers.
RCR-FI is an incredible organization. I have been volunteering with them for 5 years. Their staff is well educated, empathetic, professional and extremely hard working. RCR-FI is thoughtful about their programs and resources. The teachers and therapists are wonderfully warm with every child who participates. The team knows the entire family and always tries to support them all. We traveled across country and were amazed at the outreach, warm and motivated staff members, and their dedication to always learning more (e.g. taking online classes for music therapy). I can't say enough great things about this organization and their founder and Executive Director.
I went on a service trip to a hospital in Bucharest through the RCR. It was a life changing experience. I learned about the culture and history of Romania and was inspired by their work in orphanages and hospitals. I will never forget this trip or the amazing work that the RCR does
It's been almost 10 years since I volunteered with RCR, but I went twice and loved both experiences! The work they are doing is important, heartfelt and sustainable- three of the keys to success internationally. The children are able to develop long-standing relationships, both within their community and with specific RCR supportive programs. I still think about "when I can return"!
I volunteered for Romanian Children’s Relief in 1999 then worked for RCR from 2000-2001. This was a time of great change for children in Romania, when the foster care system was being developed and implemented. Romanian Children’s Relief started the Me & My Family Together program to support children transitioning from institutional life into foster care. While many of the foster parents had raised children, they had not encountered the types of developmental delays and stereotyped behaviours associated with early childhood institutionalization.
This is where RCR came in, offering early intervention prior to and after the children’s time in the orphanage, education and support to help foster parents understand children’s development and needs, and basically anything that would make the placement work and help the children and families. At the beginning of the school year, RCR provided children with school supplies and in the winter they provided boots and coats. And children who left the institution with no language, not walking, and not making eye contact would make rapid gains in their development, blooming from the experience of being in a loving family.
Since that time, The Me & My Family Together and the two hospital-based programs have continued to evolve and meet the needs of children. The early years last forever, becoming imprinted in children’s development. The work of Romanian Children’s Relief continues to support optimal development and quality of life for the most vulnerable, for the innocents.