The community re-integration of Romanian orphanage graduates

In 1994, the authors conducted research in the Iasi district of Romania, and present here findings about institutionalised children's aspirations, education, level of family contact and their assessment of the problems they face. The research provides some interesting pointers for those involved in programme planning, suggesting that better education and encouraging familial contact, where possible, throughout institutionalisation are more effective than strategies which seek to help the children when they leave. The article also questions the validity of the use of the term `orphans', when 80 percent of those questioned appeared to know the whereabouts of a family member.