The Family Centre was founded in 2001 to prevent babies and children from being placed into state orphanages.
The Family Centre Romania is committed to creating a safe and nurturing environment where families can flourish and children can grow. Its programs and services provide tools and resources for families to overcome challenges and build strong relationships. By empowering families to thrive, the organisation promotes the well-being of the community.
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In 1999, Margie Vincent embarked on her first trip to Romania with the purpose of facilitating training in foster care and social work. During her initial visit, she also dedicated her time as a volunteer in an orphanage located in Craiova. The following year, Margie decided to relocate to Ramnicu Valcea, where she resided for an additional six years. It was in 2001 when she posed a heartfelt prayer, seeking guidance on how to prevent the abandonment of babies to orphanages. As a result of her prayer, The Family Centre was established.
The Family Centre is an organization focused on Christian values, aiming to foster thriving families. Through various free services such as social work, day care, support groups for mothers, parenting courses, cooking classes, and assistance with food, our dedicated team works collaboratively. We are driven by a shared commitment to embodying God’s love and ensuring that families not only survive but also flourish. Together, we go the extra mile to create a nurturing environment where love, support, and growth take center stage. Our mission is to empower families, helping them overcome challenges, celebrate achievements, and lay a solid foundation for a brighter future.
There is an expression, “It takes a village to raise a child”. We meet many families who do not have their own village and so for many families, TFC becomes their village”
TFC is not just programs and services. TFC is a place where love and nurture is modelled, I have not been in an environment like this before. You are different. It is a place I would like to work
Social work colleague
I had been so angry for such a long time… but I have learnt how to be kind and now I want to help others
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You have become like my family, you have helped me like a parent does.
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TFC is a wonderful place. My child is loved and valued here. This is a safe place for myself and my child”
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Our team is all about working together, fueled by a shared commitment to embodying God’s love and ensuring that families not only survive but truly thrive and flourish. We’re in this together, going the extra mile to create a nurturing environment where love, support, and growth take center stage. We empower families to overcome challenges, celebrate achievements, and establish a solid foundation for a brighter future.
Camelia joined TFC in 2003 and became the manager in 2006 when the founder of TFC returned to New Zealand.
Ramona is the Team Leader of the Day Care Team; she joined TFC in 2005. Also in the Day Care Team is Amelia, who worked with us for 7 years and then rejoined the team again in 2022.
Sorina, the Nurse in the Day Care Team, joined the team in 2021.
Doina, the Social Worker, joined the team in 2016.
Ramona: Team Leader of the Day Care Team
Amelia: Day Care Team
Doina: Social Worker
Margie Vincent – President
Margie first travelled to Romania in 1999 to facilitate training in foster care and social work. During her initial stay she also worked as a volunteer in an orphanage in Craiova. Margie relocated to Ramnicu Valcea the following year where she lived for another 6 years. In 2001 she responded to a prayer asking, “what can I do God?” to prevent the abandonment of babies to orphanages – her prayer resulted in the establishing of The Family Centre.
Petre Negru – Vice President
Petre is a retired engineer who is actively involved in his local church. Petre joined in the founding of TFC and has continued to be an active Member bringing his wisdom and stability to the Board. We rejoice often about the journey of TFC and the wonder of us been here for over 22 years now.
Rafaela Radulescu – Board Member
Rafaela was the first person employed by TFC. Her role was in the Day Care however she was often a translator for Margie in the early years until 2005. Several years later Rafaela brought her hands on experience as a Board Member.
Florin Pasat – Board Member
In 2020 Florin became a Board Member. He brings a background in business and mentoring and some much needed IT skills.
Cristi & Irina Ciuculescu – Board Members
Cristi and Irina pastor The Good Shepherd Church in Ramnicu Valcea. They bring their many years of experience in church and community work to the Board and a wonderful vibrancy for the Christian life.
Mihaela Hoidrag – Board Member
Mihaela is from the teaching profession who has a sincere sense of Gods call to be involved in her community. One of the newer Board Members, joining in 2022, already Mihaela is connecting us with others in praying for TFC.
Our areas of work
To help families thrive, TFC has created an awesome and one-of-a-kind place where everyone is welcomed with open arms. We totally get that each kid, parent, and visitor who comes to our center is special and super important.
We value and appreciate everyone, just like how God values each of us. Our community is all about love and support, making sure families can grow and be healthy. We’re here to create a safe and welcoming space where everyone feels included and can find joy and fulfillment.
Our free services include:
Become part of TFC by joining our newsletter or making a donation. By doing so, you’ll be embraced as an integral member receiving regular updates. We warmly invite you to be a part of our work with some of the most vulnerable families in Romania.
Mums Support Group
Assistance with Food
Donate to TFC
sYour financial support enables TFC to do what they do best—supporting families to thrive. Become a regular supporter and set up an automatic payment with your bank (e.g., every month) OR make a one-off donation.
We have two options for giving, BOTH options receive tax receipts from Open Home Foundation International (OHFI). OHFI transfers funds to TFC.
Please give using the following bank acount details:
Account details: 01 0505 0602787 83
To financially support Margie Vincent to continue to develop the work of TFC.
Bank reference: TFC Admin NZ
Directly to the work of TFC
Reference: Romania TFC
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