Romani girls and boys are taken into care and placed in institutions or with foster families at a much higher rate than non-Roma. Often, in blatant breach of basic human rights principles, Romani girls and boys are taken into care because their families are poor, creating one of the many feedback loops that amplify the effects of centuries of discrimination. Threats of taking children into care are used as a form of social control against poor Roma. The consequences are traumatic for children and families, and particularly for Romani women, who in European societies are considered more responsible for child rearing and who, in a significant number of cases, are seeing their children taken from them very soon after birth.
We support cases that stop public authorities from taking Romani children into care in greater numbers and different circumstances than non-Roma children.