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Reforming the Romanian Child Welfare System: 1990 - 2010 (English version)


  • Adrian V. RUS

    () (M.S., Texas Christian University, Psychology Department, Texas, USA)

  • Sheri PARRIS

    () (M. Ed., Texas Christian University, Institute of Child Development, Research Associates, Texas, USA)

  • David CROSS

    () (Ph.D., Texas Christian University, Psychology Department, Director of Developmental Research Lab, Texas, USA)

  • Karyn PURVIS

    () (Ph.D., Texas Christian University, Institute of Child Development, Director, Texas, USA)

  • Simona DRAGHICI

    () (PM.S., Bucharest University, Psychology Department, Bucharest, ROMANIA)


The Romanian child welfare system has undergone a series of major changes over the past two decades, impacting the type of care and developmental outcomes for Romanian orphans and foster children. Each distinct reform period within this twenty-year span can be identified by the laws and governmental reform measures enacted, the shift in child population among various Romanian institutions and foster care homes, types of institutions available to children, level of care, shift in reasons for child abandonment, changes in ways children are routed through the system, and how these changes have effect children’s development, health, and psychological well-being.

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  • Adrian V. RUS & Sheri PARRIS & David CROSS & Karyn PURVIS & Simona DRAGHICI, 2011. "Reforming the Romanian Child Welfare System: 1990 - 2010 (English version)," Revista de cercetare si interventie sociala, Editura Lumen, Department of Economics, vol. 34, pages 56-72, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:lum:rev2rl:v:34:y:2011:i::p:56-72

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    Romania; child welfare system; institutionalization; abandonment; foster care; residential care; family-type services.;

    JEL classification:

    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty


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