The first Romanian association for abandoned children in hospitals was established
The BLONDIE Association was set up by Adelina Toncean to give the sick children abandoned in hospitals the chance to achieve maximum physical, emotional and intellectual development. This category of ignored and discriminated children is the most vulnerable segment of society with a set of specific and complex needs.
A study * conducted by UNICEF in 2016, together with the National Authority for the Protection of Children's Rights and Adoption (ANPDCA) and the World Bank, showed that:
- 1 out of 4 children enrolled in the special protection system were left in maternity;
- the probability that a child born prematurely or with serious medical conditions will never be taken home is almost twice as high as a healthy child;
- 75% of children in the child protection system were left immediately after birth. These are babies born prematurely or with other conditions;
- most of these children come from families with young mothers, alone, with unknown father and no family support.
"We are proposing to build a phased system, not just a campaign or a project, where children with serious medical conditions and risk of leaving should receive the necessary support step by step. We will help children, families who have to care for them and communities that have to accept them, so that they can support them in their further development. With the help of volunteers and experts, we will also support emotionally and educationally besides financial aid. At the same time, we will prevent these serious cases by ensuring that every birth takes place at the hospital that is prepared to intervene in the most appropriate way with the affection of newborns, "says Adelina Toncean.
The BLONDIE Association aims to solve these problems through a strategy in several steps:
- Before birth:
A caravan across the country to monitor pregnant women at social risk.
- In the maternity (for infants with severe illnesses, at risk of leaving):
Creating the Mobile Life Certificate, in partnership with the Heart of Children Association, to bring in real-time all the institutions involved. The application is intended for hospital professionals, child protection staff,