Our two small houses in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania provide a secure and happy home to children whose own parents have been unable to look after them. Here they become part of a family – a warm, nurturing and stable environment – where they are looked after until they become independent adults.

We rely completely on voluntary donations to run these homes, so your support is always very much appreciated.
Friends of Children in Romania (FCR) works in co-operation with the regional Department of Child Protection.

“My life changed the minute I stepped foot in those cosy houses, the love and the joy that surrounded me made me such a happy kid and later a well-respected and responsible adult. I have so many great memories of all my brothers and sisters, with the ladies that cared for us and treated us like their own."
Ana Maria

Summer news

Harja welcomes a new child

Denisa (left) with Lala
Denisa (left) with Lala

A young girl has recently joined the Harja family.

Denisa is 12 years old and had been living in an outhouse, rejected by her mother. She ran away and was picked up by the social services. Already, she has settled in well and is happy in her new home.









The younger children have been camping in the Bucegi mountains, not far from their home. It has been very hot in Romania so they were very glad of the chance to visit a deep cave and cool off!














Friends of Children in Romania was delighted to receive a donation from a Romanian employee of Amazon. She won a £1,000 prize at her workplace in Doncaster and generously donated the money to the charity. Fundraising for the charity is a great way of supporting us. Simple ideas, such as cake sales and coffee mornings can be fun – and also raise much-appreciated funds.

February 2021

Brigadier Michael Evans

The charity’s Treasurer of 30 years, Michael Evans, died on 13th January after a fall at home and subsequent illness in hospital.

Michael was Mary Gibson’s partner and supported the charity she had started with great dedication and efficiency, though he used to say “I’m a soldier, not an accountant!”  It was his job to keep the charity’s accounts in order, recover Gift Aid and make payments to the Harja bank account each month.

Michael was on the point of retiring towards the end of 2020 and we had found someone willing to take on the role in his place.

His family has requested donations in his memory be made to Friends of Children in Romania.


A summer wedding

Betty and the Harja carers keep in touch with the children who have flown the nest and were delighted to hear from Ancuta (29), that she is to be married this summer.  She works in Brasov, a city about an hour from Harja, where she is a kindergarten teacher.

Covid restrictions have eased in Romania at the moment and Ancuta was able to join the celebrations for Maria’s birthday at her adoptive family home near Brasov, along with the children from Harja. A wonderful celebration that was even more special when people have been separated so long!