Practical, Relational, and Spiritual Care
Care for Children at Local Placement Centers
On any given day in Romania, over 57,000 orphaned children and youth are spending their developing years in government placement centers and other state institutions due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Many are separated from their siblings and daily grieve the absence of parents to care for their most basic needs. Sadly, the government’s foster care system has a shortage of funding and qualified foster parents, thus preventing thousands of abandoned children from being placed into loving families. Fear, loneliness, and uncertainty permeate the hearts of these kids. Pathway to Joy believes every child deserves a chance to discover lasting joy and have hope for the future.
We regularly visit government placement centers to develop healthy relationships with the kids and to provide essential resources to meet their physical needs. Pathway to Joy staff and our team of volunteer mentors are committed to investing in the lives of these kids. They provide life skills education, personal mentoring and discipleship, and nurturing counsel to help the kids heal and rise above their circumstances so they can thrive, dream, and prepare for a hopeful future.
Our team often has the awesome privilege and opportunity of sharing the gospel and introducing the kids to Jesus. We also help connect the kids to a local church where they can continue to grow in their faith and experience a sense of belonging within a faith community.
Memories for a Lifetime
Pathway to Joy takes children and teens living in government placement centers to camp every summer where they can enjoy the outdoors like other children their age. Pathway to Joy staff members, in partnership with our summer mission teams, plan an unforgettable camp experience in the mountains where the children are surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. The kids enjoy fun outdoor activities, rope course challenges, drama, arts & craft activities and stimulating Bible studies and discussions. Camp offers an awesome environment for building lasting friendships and joyful memories that last a lifetime.
Meet a young person from a government placement center and see how Pathway to Joy’s involvement in her life has given her the courage to dream and hope for a brighter future.