Child abandonment continues to be a concern in rural areas in Romania. To counter this problem, the ChildsLife program First Step in Life was launched in cooperation with Romanian Child Protection offices.
In this program women in socially challenging situations are consulted by a social worker and receive maternity packages. The social worker determines if the mothers require any special attention which means that families in need of social assistance are identified and supported on time. This unique program has proven very successful and has supported over 3000 mothers to date. It was granted an award by the local government in Romania.