The lost generation coming together to improve the lives of those left behind


The lost generation coming together to improve the lives of those left behind

What UAR is All About

United Adoptees of Romania was originally founded by Viorica Magreta as a Facebook group in the summer of 2012. Members were exclusively those adopted from Romania and their adoptive parents. The group has given many a sense of community, especially since there weren't prior groups tailored to Romanian adoptees. There have been many friendships formed, adoptees reuniting with their birth families and even an engagement.

United Adoptees of Romania has given many Romanian adoptees a safe space to communicate where they won’t be judged. This gives them a safe haven where they are able to share things about their lives that others have not experienced before giving them peace of mind.

Six years later, United Adoptees of Romania continues to grow and is encouraging positive change for the well-being of Romanian children. In the not too distant future we will be starting volunteer programs.

United Adoptees of Romania will also act as a database for those seeking assistance regarding passports, birth certificates and dual citizenship.

United Adoptees of Romania will highlight the stories of Romanian adoptees to influence parliament to have a change of heart regarding international adoptions. In 2001 Romania placed a moratorium on international adoption that has lasted almost two decades. Despite the challenges that adoptees can face, orphanages are not suitable for babies and children to thrive. We are going to give a voice to these voiceless children while also encouraging family preservation. International adoption is potentially the only hope for children in the system.

United Adoptees of Romania will educate adoptees about their homeland, traditions, holidays, language and recipes.

We would love to locate and tell the stories of the 30,000 estimated Romanian children adopted abroad.

About the Founder

Viorica Magreta was abandoned in a hospital on the day she was born and taken to an orphanage in Braila, Romania. During her first fifteen months, she only gained seven pounds, became malnourished, developed anemia and rickets.

After fifteen months she was adopted by a couple from Michigan who welcomed Viorica into their home, hearts and family. Being adopted, Viorica was afforded many opportunities. She received an education, participated in extracurricular activities and had the chance to travel.

Even while living in America, Viorica always maintained a sense of pride in her heritage. She sought out every opportunity in school assignments to write about Romanian adoption. In 2012, during her senior year of high school, she did extensive research about orphanages. Viorica gave a twenty-minute presentation about Romanian orphanages which received positive feedback from both her classmates and instructors.

At the conclusion of her senior year, her goal was to meet others who were adopted from Romania. She created a group on Facebook called "United Adoptees of Romania" that earned over three hundred members within the first three days and continues to grow every day. Through that group she met a gentleman and his wife who were able to track down her maternal birth family.

In 2014, through “United Adoptees of Romania”, she met a group of reporters who presented a news documentary on a Romanian television network called “Antena 1”. This news documentary was called 'Generația Pierdută' and showcased the stories of ten Romanian adoptees. Viorica was featured with her maternal grandfather on Episode 10.

Through that program, another news opportunity arose on a different Romanian television network called “ProTV”. She was featured on five episodes of the TV show called “La Măruță”. This time the media focused on the identity of her birth father. Unfortunately, this was unsuccessful, however, Viorica was able to spend more time with her maternal grandfather which she will always remember.

As a result of the media coverage, Viorica was able to have a short-term relationship with her birth mother. Although the media couldn’t find her birth father, she was able to find him in 2015.

After saving money, Viorica returned to Romania in the summer of 2017. She met many amazing new friends and had the opportunity to volunteer at a children’s hospital with an organization in Brașov.

A year after her trip Viorica wished to expand her online Facebook group and turn it into something Romanian adoptees could use to give back. Thus, in the summer of 2018, “United Adoptees of Romania” became a non-profit organization.

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