"I became a hell child."
January 31, 2014 11:29 AM Subscribe
posted by chainsofreedom (10 comments total)
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Growing up in a Romanian orphanage, Izidor Ruckel just wanted to get out. Now, he makes it his mission to raise awareness
of the suffering of other orphans who remain institutionalized.
Izidor, adopted by a US family in the wake of a 20/20 exposé (here
, and here
), dreams of better for both himself and other adopted Romanian orphans, as well as those who didn't make it out of the institutions in which they were abandoned. He hopes to encourage awareness and adoptions of Romanian children through his recently-completed documentary, "Given Our Chance"
. Adoptions are especially important to children who have been abandoned from birth, like Izidor, as research
shows that children who spend their early childhood (0-2 years) exclusively in orphanages have diminished growth and intellectual ability, compared to those who live within a family, and that those children placed in foster homes before the 2-year mark rapidly gained skills.