Throughout April 2021, Who Cares? Scotland hosted a series of free online lectures. Once a week academics, historians and researchers presented an hour long lecture on a specific moment or topic from the history of Care Experienced people. The third lecture, delivered by Dr Mariela Neagu, explored the life histories of Romanian Care Experienced people during the 1990s, specifically focusing on institutionalization policy in 1989; the incorporation of UNCRC; what mattered to them whilst they were in care and how the quality of the care they received impacted their transition into adulthood.
Two distinguished researchers with significant contributions to the field, Mariela Neagu and Luciana Jinga, are shading a different light on the Romanian children in care and the protection system - not only a subject of several international research studies, but also an intensely covered topic by Western media. Their interventions challenge stereotypes about children’s homes, foster care, international adoptions, bringing together sociological analysis, historical perspective, and the study of reforms in the field of institutional care with personal accounts of the children.