CERI Transitional Care (Moldova)

by Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI)
A Girl from CERI
A Girl from CERI's Transitional Care Program

As 23 youth in Moldova graduated from our
Transitional Care Program at the end of August to pursue a completely
independent and productive life, CERI received 43 more youth to take their
places in the program. These new youth have graduated from the 9th
grade and must now leave the orphanages, as they are aging out of the country’s
institutional system.  If it were not for
programs like ours, they would be completely on their own to support themselves
at just sixteen or seventeen years of age, as without help, continued education
is not an option for them—they must struggle to find housing and a job in order
to meet their basic needs. Thankfully for these 43 youth, they will have the
opportunity to continue their education and receive mentoring and life-skills
training to increase the likelihood that they can find gainful employment in
the future and become productive members of society.  These new young adults aspire to become
carpenters, seamstresses, beauticians, chefs, make-up artists, police officers,
and other kinds of professions. CERI wants to see these aspirations realized.
Since the Transitional Care Program has become so successful in helping youth
transition into adult life, the sponsors of some of the youth that graduated
out of the program have decided to sponsor new kids just entering the program.
With this being said, we are still looking for more sponsors for these bright

Please contact Dianna Jonns at djonns@cerikids.org for more information
about sponsoring a child in CERI’s Transitional Care Program.


Boy in CERI TC Program
Boy in CERI TC Program

Image being sixteen all over again. Now imagine being sixteen without the family you had to care for and guide you through adolescence. This is the life of youth that CERI ministers to in Moldova. For more than a decade, Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) has been reaching youth who are aging out of state-run orphanages in Moldova with Transitional Care services.

Services for youth include education and tutoring assistance, emotional guidance and counseling, job skills training, personal financial management, and so much more. If not for CERI, youth without parents would be left on the streets to fend for themselves after aging out of orphanages at sixteen. Rather than excitement, most youth express extreme anxiety and fear as their sixteenth birthdays approach.

Thanks to you, CERI is able to intervene and provide hope to vulnerable youth as they continue to grow and learn and, eventually, make the transition into adulthood. On behalf of the CERI youth in our Transitional Care program, THANK YOU! We appreciate you more than you know...

CERI Summer Camp for TC Youth
CERI Summer Camp for TC Youth
Girl in CERI TC Program
Girl in CERI TC Program


'Make Me Laugh if You Can', a game of being funny

The Moldova Transitional Youth Care program focuses on youth who are aging out of CERI's foster care program, youth who have no living parents and are in need of mentorship for surviving the real world as working adults. For many youth, they are excited with the prospect of becoming independent contributers to society; however, many face the daunting task of earning household incomes while attending school and being primary caregivers to other siblings.

CERI recently sent several rotating mission teams to celebrate summer break with these coming-of-age youth. From the USA, they brought games and trust-building exercises that included zip-lining and items for Moldovan youth to make creative gifts for their transitional care peers. CERI staff and volunteers also spent quality time with the youth to share their personal testimonies and to provide encouragement through the Bible. Each mission team's primary message was to trust in God, assuring them that he will never leave His faithful children. 

Although summer has come to an end, there are new youth who are just now seeking guidance from CERI's transitional care program. When children and youth receive support from a CERI donor, it is a gift that lasts for generations! Thank you for your generous support to CERI kids. 

CERI volunteer and Moldovan youth at summer camp
CERI volunteer and Moldovan youth at summer camp
Water fight!
Water fight!
CERI volunteer leading Bible study w/youth groups
CERI volunteer leading Bible study w/youth groups
A guest speaker gets on level with Moldovan youth
A guest speaker gets on level with Moldovan youth
A CERI youth shows God
A CERI youth shows God's love to the community.

When an orphan in Moldova is coming of age to transition out of the orphan program, it’s easy for them to get depressed and think that the world is a cold place. This spring we decided to conduct a giving exercise. We looked around and instead of waiting for someone else to make us smile, we looked for people who we could bring a smile to.

Together with the youth, we packed our bags with toys and many roses. First we went to a nearby kindergarten and gave toys to other children. Everybody gathered and we started a ripple of joy. After that, we went on the street to give roses to people passing by... you can see the response we received in the photo.

The reaction was better than we expected. The happiest people of all ended up being our youth who were running with enthusiasm on the streets and giving flowers. At the end, they all said that they would definitely like to do an activity like this again soon!


Transitional Care Youth Performing a Play
Transitional Care Youth Performing a Play

Inspiring Hope is not just what Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI) does through your gifts; it's who we are. As orphans in Moldova near the age of sixteen – the year at which youth age out of orphanages – their lives become riddled with fear and anxiety. "What will I do?" they wonder; "Where will I go?" Leaving with the clothes on their back and a government-issued bus ticket to… anywhere, orphaned youth are completely unprepared for life as independent adults.

Through our Transitional Care (TC) program and your generous gifts, CERI is able to calm the woes of angst-ridden youth by offering them safety and the opportunity to continue their educations as they make the successful transition into independent living. Your gifts enable CERI to provide stability, counseling, nurturing, and guidance to youth who otherwise would not stand a chance. Our philosophy at CERI is that the best way to Inspire Hope, is to teach the youth we serve to do the same. Below is a field report from one of CERI’s Moldovan caseworkers:

It has become a tradition every year at Christmas for CERI’s Transitional Care youth to offer brighter moments to kids who are in the same situation that they themselves were in years prior. Last December we visited two temporary placement centers in which our TC youth offered encouragement to other children and youth in need. Our youth rehearsed a drama and Christmas carols for several days and even brought gifts for the children, purchased with their own money! It was an enormous stepping stone in the lives of our youth. No longer were they the ones sitting in the audience in the orphanages watching the programs, receiving the gifts; they are now the ones who teach, encourage, and give. What a blessing to watch CERI youth Inspiring Hope!

Daniela Cerî, TC Chief Social Worker – CERI Moldova

Thank you for making our work possible!!

Orphaned Children Watching Play
Orphaned Children Watching Play
CERI Youth on Bus to Visit Orphanages
CERI Youth on Bus to Visit Orphanages



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Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI)

Location: Kingwood, Texas - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.CERIkids.org
Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI)
Project Leader:
Gretchen Lange Baumgarten
Director of Development
Kingwood, Texas United States

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