Fact Check: Proposed Law Would NOT Take Children From Low-Income Families -- Does The Opposite

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Fact Check: Proposed Law Would NOT Take Children From Low-Income Families -- Does The Opposite Misleading

Is the Romanian parliament trying to pass a law that would separate children from their parents in low-income families, placing them in state custody? No, that's not true: A draft law currently being discussed aims to do the opposite, helping poor families not lose custody of their children to the state.

The claim originated on TikTok in a video posted by user @pichaku.picaku (archived here). It was then shared by other accounts, which helped it go viral.

The video's initial caption reads:

Parliament wants to pass a law so that the state can take the children.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Thu Apr 20 12:48:15 2023 UTC)

Some TikTokers posting the story referred to the draft law as "satanic" and saw it as "legalizing child trafficking," while offering no arguments to support these claims.

The goal of the draft law, however, is the complete opposite. The draft law PL-x 145/2023, adopted by the Senate in March 2023, and discussed by the Chamber of Deputies on April 18-19, 2023, is titled "Draft law to organize the activity of prevention of separation of children from their families." Its purpose is to help poor families keep their children and to offer them support.

"In Romania, it is customary for local authorities, especially in underdeveloped communities that lack child and family services, to immediately separate the child from the family on the ground that the family is poor, the community is helpless, and the child would be better off with the social services," the executive summary of the draft law explains.

The Minister of Family, Youth and Equal Opportunities Gabriela Firea, wrote on her Facebook page on April 17, 2023: "The purpose of the law was never to take children away from their families, but the exact opposite - keeping them there!".

She also added that the law is aimed at creating a national observatory for children in need, so that the state can offer them support: food, clothes, school supplies and other forms of assistance they might need.

After being discussed by the Chamber of Deputies on April 18,2023, MPs decided to send the draft back to the parliamentary commissions, in order to receive more feedback from civil society and experts. MPs asked the Commission For Labor And Social Protection, as well as the one for Health And Family, to submit a report about the progress by April 27, 2023, according to the Chamber of Deputies' website. The report has not yet been made public.

Minister Gabriela Firea wrote on her Facebook page that the draft law was pushed back so they could "get more ideas, additions and modifications" in the context of "erroneous interpretations" in the public sphere. Firea said they are facing "horrible manipulation."


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