Welcome Home from Romania Kleinhenz Family

On February 27, 2014 Alina and Kenneth Kleinhenz welcomed home their beautiful daughter Nora.

This is the first adoption of a Romanian child to a U.S. citizen in the past 10 years. Nightlight opened its Romania program in Fall of 2012 and the Kleinhenz’s were quick to apply to the program.

In order to adopt from Romania, one of the two parents needed to be of Romanian heritage – Alina is from Romania and still has many family members living there.

In a video released by the U.S. Embassy Bucharest the Kleinhenz family explained they are excited to be a part of this important event and to finally bring their daughter home.

“Adopting from Romania was completely natural for us because Alina’s family is all Romanian and living in San Diego, we have many Romanian friends and we want to keep the Romanian culture alive,” said Kenneth. “What better way to do that than by bringing a small child from Romania into our home.”

To learn more about the Nightlight Romania Adoption Program or any of our International Adoption Programs, please visit the Nightlight International Adoption Home Page.

Dark Past, Bright Future

romaniaLearning about a country’s history is often important and helpful when deciding where to adopt from. Even though many countries have a dirty and saddening past with their orphan care, it can still be inspiring and helpful in your search for adoption. A recent article published in the Scientific American focuses on Romania and a study that was conducted on infants and young children in their orphanages. The study group was able to split up children in to groups where one group was put into foster care while the other group stayed in an orphanage. The results in this study were amazing in the differences of foster care and the orphan system. Children placed into a foster home setting showed to have a higher IQ as they grew compared to children in an orphanage. Foster care children also had less anxiety and were able to attach to loved ones easier than children in orphan care.

To read the article visit the Scientific American website.

To learn more about Romania adoption with Nightlight Christian Adoption Romania Adoption Page.