In Romania, from 2013 to 2018, the number of adults living in public social care homes increased from 17 123 to 18 081, while the number of such institutions rose from 335 to 426. Given the deinstitutionalisation process Romania agreed to, this may be considered a step back.
Since the very beginning, the New Life Foundation has challenged the tradition of involuntary and arbitrary placement in psychiatric institutions overriding community-based services and social inclusion programmes.
In our 30 years of existence, we have directed our main efforts in providing proper living facilities and adapted housing to the young people who managed to overcome the worst of the traumatic experiences that had scarred their early years of life in the NeuroPsychiatric Hospital in Siret.
With supported living, young people were handed choice and control over their life, in addition to access to regulated care and therapeutic support.