europe without orphans

Movements of Christians across Europe are already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of children and families. The European Facilitation Team supports the start and development of these movements for children to remain in, regain or find a permanent nurturing family.
Europe Without Orphans intro

Europe is a continent with a population of 741 million. 665 per 100,000 of the population of central and eastern Europe and the countries of the former USSR are children living in residential care – orphanages and other institutional settings. In this region there are an estimated 7.3 million orphans. This is the highest rate globally. In the industrialised west, the number of children in residential care is 192 per 100,000 population.

Ukraine Without Orphans was the country where WWO started and has seen an incredible impact on drawing churches together to pray and in finding homes for orphans who previously were placed in orphanages.

In the United Kingdom, Home for Good is a movement to find a home for every child who needs one that is successfully mobilising the church to provide adopted and foster homes for children in state care. After 5 years, it is already an organisation respected by other bodies and government, with an influence on how families are supported and children provided for. 

These are just two examples of European countries where Christians have come together to see vulnerable children stay in or find a family, and we have now created a plan to activate and connect with leaders across Europe and equip them to join us in our vision for a world without orphans. 

As part of the WWO global goals, we aim to engage 6 leaders in each of 20 European countries and help 60,000 children across Europe, starting with roundtable events and discussions, leading to practical support and training. 

Below you can find news and events about Europe as the work develops.

Europe Without Orphans intro

Richard Procter serves as Leading Coordinator for the Europe Without Orphans Facilitation Team. He is the adoptive father of two daughters and was involved in shaping the Home for Good national initiative in UK from its inception. Working in the past in Ukraine and Kazakhstan and also speaking Russian, he has rich experience in cross cultural communication and leadership. An important part of his passion and work is to support people of different nations with a spirit of fatherhood.

You can contact Richard Procter at Europe@worldwithoutorphans.org or +44 7880 707083. 

Europe News

Finding Family in Ukraine

Posted on 2021-02-24
Neglect, family separation, institutional living, failed reunification, foster care. Victor, Lev and Christina have walked a difficult road over the course of their young lives. The Ukrainian siblings were placed in an orphanage in 2019 as a result of their mother failing to provide safety and care.
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Ten’s of thousands of children now have a better chance for a family

Posted on 2020-11-30
Congratulations to our friends at Romania Without Orphans on their recent award and recognition for their tremendous advocacy that has created changes in laws that will help children gain families. On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, ARFO received the Gold Award distinction for the best lobby and advocacy campaign of the year. In awarding the distinction, the competition’s jury analyzed how RWO conducted the preliminary research, planned its actions, established its implementation strategies and tools as well as the capacity to evaluate the objectives. A significant point value was given to the creativity of the approach and the identification of new communication techniques. We thank God for this amazing team of advocates in Romania!
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Vlado and Marina

One Croatian couple on an important mission
Posted on 2020-11-23
Vlado and Marina Hoblaj have been serving vulnerable children since the early days of their marriage. Our World Without Orphans team first came in contact with Vlado and Marina in 2018 on a trip to Croatia. We were eager to learn of their experiences in their south eastern European context. Since attending the Global Forum in 2019 the Hoblaj’s have had renewed vision and purpose in their efforts to see the church active and engaged on behalf of children in need of foster or adoptive families.
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Towards New Reality

Posted on 2020-09-29
The European Facilitation Team of World Without Orphans hosted ‘Toward New Reality’, an online working conference designed to share new research and further equip leaders of ‘without orphan’ movements across Europe to build their national movements.
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Hope in the Midst of Crisis

Posted on 2020-07-15
Last summer, three newborn babies, were abandoned in a hospital in Bucharest, Romania. The future did not appear hopeful for these three infants. Stelian was born with Down syndrome, Gabriel had tracheostomy and gastrostomy (meaning he breathes and feeds through tubes), and Eric was born with hydrocephalus, West syndrome, and vision loss. More than once, however, the medical personnel expressed their skepticism: “It would take a miracle for a family to take a child like this home.”
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