Family in Romania: Realities and Perspectives

In May 2024, the Romanian Large Families Association (ASFANU), in collaboration with the Faculty of Business Administration in Foreign Languages within the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and the Romanian Institute for Economic Research “Costin C. Chirițescu,” organized the conference “Family in Romania: Realities and Perspectives.” The event brought together experts from various fields (sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, and social workers), as well as representatives from the government, non-governmental organizations, and research institutions.

Participants at the conference discussed the realities and perspectives of the family in Romania, focusing on three essential themes: the demographic crisis, the typology of families in Romania, and the social architecture of the family.

Key Conclusions

Importance and Value of Large Families

The importance and value of large families for the well-being of society were key subjects discussed during the conference. Large families represent over 1.5 million Romanian citizens and actively contribute to economic and demographic growth. It was concluded that these families deserve more support and assistance from the state, following the model of other European countries. Despite facing discrimination for choosing to have more children, large families play a crucial role in boosting the population at a time when birth rates are declining across all European states.

Current Statistics and Growth of Large Families

According to Eurostat data, in 2023, 72% of households in Romania did not have minor children in their care. However, large families were the only family typology that saw significant growth by 37% in 2023 compared to 2022, from 219,700 to 301,800 families. Thus, even though they represent a large and diverse group in Romania, large families are underrepresented, and their needs are often overlooked by all state institutions.

Need for Specialized Support

The participants concluded that there is an urgent need for specialists who can thoroughly understand the necessities of families with three or more children. There is an acute need for specialists who can understand in detail the necessities of families in the 3+ community. It is necessary to increase the number of psychologists, school counselors, and continuous training programs for teachers and family life educators.

Final Thoughts

The family is the foundation of a healthy society, and children are our future. Let’s invest in them! Every family is a story of love and courage!

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