ROMANIA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
WHAT IS RICF?
RICF is a UK registered charity (no. 1063235). It was set up in 1997 by Suzie Marsden in response to the plight of abandoned and orphaned children living on the streets of Bucharest.
RICF’s vision is to see abandoned children living in families and to reduce child abandonment.
RICF’s projects are designed to prevent child abandonment and to support children who have been orphaned or abandoned through family reunification or family placement with a foster family within Romania. RICF’s abandonment prevention project provides parenting workshops, mentoring, peer support, spiritual support where this is requested, and financial support which tapers down over 12 months to avoid creating financial dependency.
WHY DO WE LOVE IT SO MUCH?
Psalm 68:6 ‘God sets the lonely in families.’
RICF is founded on the core value that children belong in loving families.
We love this project because it reaches some of the most vulnerable members of Romanian society and helps keep families together.
Through its abandonment prevention project, RICF supports mums at high risk of abandoning their baby, to help them gain the confidence and skills to care for their baby, avoiding family separation and childhood spent in care. Since starting this project in January 2010 RICF has supported more than seventy mum and baby pairs.
‘It has been exciting to see how the mums have grown in self esteem and confidence, as well as developing a close bond with their baby and developing in their parenting skills.’
Through its foster care placements, RICF provides loving substitute families for orphaned and abandoned children within their own society. RICF provides support and training for foster carers, to help them provide the best possible care to the children placed with them
HOW DO I CONNECT AND GET INVOLVED?
Pray – sign up for RICF’s email updates at www.ricf.net
Give – The work in Romania is entirely dependent on donations. The more RICF receives per month, the more families it can support through its abandonment prevention project, which costs £25 per mum and baby pair per week. The £25 covers the mother’s allowance, parenting workshops, home visits, telephone support and mentoring through the month. Could your homegroup support this?
Visit – RICF is very happy to arrange visits to meet up with our team in Bucharest and find out more about our projects on the ground.