CERI's Transitional Care
Transitional Care is one of Children's Emergency Relief International's (CERI) most vital programs in the country of Moldova (the former communist nation between Ukraine and Romania). As youth age out of state-run orphanages at 16 years old, CERI is able to step in and continue "parenting" so vulnerable youth do not slip through the cracks. Youth sponsorships play a vital role in CERI's Transitional Care program.
At only 11 years old Catea tragically lost her mother to a vicious battle with cancer. Almost immediately, Catea’s father remarried a woman who was the epitome of a wicked stepmother. Catea and her younger brother suffered regular beatings and were even starved for extended periods of time. In 2005 - three years into the horrific abuse and still grieving the loss of their mother – Catea’s younger brother was killed in a tragic “accident.” Moldova’s Children Protective Services responded to the case by removing Catea from the home and placing her in an orphanage.
Catea’s life seemed headed in a downward spiral until the day a CERI sponsor came into her life. With her sponsor's financial and emotional support, Catea now knows the love of a doting father. Her sponsor is actively involved in her life, and they communicate regularly and often see each other when her sponsor travels to Moldova on sponsor trips. In the summer of 2011, Catea graduated from high school and moved onto the University where she
is studying Education and English. Catea gives all glory to God for placing the right people in her life at just the right time, crediting CERI and her beloved sponsor with, literally, saving her life.
Will you be a hero and help Moldova's vulnerable youth? Join CERI's efforts and make a contribution to the Transitional Care program today!