MISSION & VISION
The mission of Fundatia Inocenti / Romanian Children’s Relief (RCR) is to support Romanian children and families in need and prevent child abandonment. Inocenti has offered specialized professional therapy and services to children and families in need since 1990. During that time, we’ve seen some dramatic changes in the way abandoned and handicapped children are cared for in Romania. We’re proud to be one of the charities helping to make those changes happen – one child at a time.
Our focus is the professional development and daily work of 36 Romanian staff and more than 500 volunteers serving more than 2,000 abandoned and at-risk children and children with special needs in Bucharest and Bistrita-Nasaud County. Our staff and volunteers work in hospitals, schools, placement centers and homes providing psychological and physical therapy, education, training and material assistance where needed.
Our vision is to ensure all children with special needs or socio-economic disadvantage receive the support they need to achieve their maximum potential. We work towards a day when no child’s future is limited by their background or handicap and where parents, communities and governments all work together to support this ideal.
All of our staff and programs: inspire trust, create solutions, display integrity, show respect, share expertise, focus on sustainability, report transparently, initiate change, share responsibility, and advocate for those in our care.
Inocenti now have 3 different types of programs in Romania – Child Life Hospital programs, Educational Support programs and Early Intervention.
Romanian Children’s Relief (RCR) began in the spring of 1990 after a BOSTON GLOBE photo-documentary by Photographer, Michael Carroll and Dr. Bill Griffo of New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, exposed the plight of the Romanian orphans and the nation’s pediatric AIDS epidemic.
Due to the overwhelming public response to that news story, a group of dedicated people in New England got together and formed Romanian Children’s Relief in spring, 1990 as a U.S.-based, charitable, non-profit charity. The group was also incorporated as a Romanian charitable foundation, Fundatia Inocenti, in 1998.
“Excellency Diploma – 18 years of Activity for Fundația Inocenți”, awarded by the Bistrita-Nasaud County Council, March 2016
Korczak Awards for Childrens Rights, 2015
Best Professionals working in NGO’s – Iuliana Tudor (Inocenti Program Manager)
United Way Romania Award, 2015
“Those who help bring changes” – Valentina Maghirescu (Inocenti Program Director) awarded during the United Way annual Gala for the effort of changing lives for those who need it (May 2015).
National Gala for Excellency in Social Assistance, 2014
“Social Worker of the Year” awarded to Inocenti Social Worker Andrada Miron in the area of fighting discrimination/minorities. This award is presented annually by the National College of Social Workers in Romania.
“Most active European Information Multipliers of civil society” by the Regional Development Agency from North -West Romania, May 2010
RCR and Inocenti President, Michael Carroll was awarded the ALIANTA AWARD for his Humanitarian Service and Achievements in the Arts in Romania, 2014
The Award for Excellency, offered by the Bistrita Department of Social Services, December 2007
“Lifetime achievement and specially for activities in which volunteers were involved during 2011” County Department of Sport and Youth Bistrita-Nasaud, December 2011.
Fundatia Inocenti and Romanian Children’s Relief awarded
National Model, Best Practice, Literacy and Early Intervention, Romanian National Authority for Child Protection, 2007 Catalog, “90 Practical Ideas for Making Romania More Friendly for Children”.
Award for Collaboration with Local Administration and Involvement in the Community’s Problems, City Hall, Bistrita, 2007
“Best Practice in Foster Care”, Romanian National Conference, 2003.