Our History


The revolution of December 1989, brought the execution of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and the communist party was defeated. With the fall of the communist party came the discovery of the orphan situations. Ceausescu had outlawed abortions and forced women to have more children when Romania was facing a shortage of food and heating oil. This led to many families abandoning their children. These children suffered great abuse and neglect in these state-run government institutions, while the world knew nothing of their existence.

Sadly there are still 60,000 orphans living in Romania today. Less than 4% of these children will be adopted. These children are stuck in the system.


Anchor of Hope was founded by Sarah Smith in 2010. Sarah is from Wilmington, NC and is a Liberty University graduate with a B.S. in Psychology and a M.A. in Family and Child Counseling with a specialty in Child Development and Reactive Attachment Disorder. Sarah’s first trip to Romania was in 2006, when she fell in love with the country and the orphaned children there. She made many return trips to Romania, and God continued to draw her heart to the country. In 2009, Sarah moved to Romania full-time to work with another organization. God used this organization and the people there to lead to start Anchor of Hope.

In 2010, Anchor of Hope Romania was officially an NGO (non-profit organization) and in 2011 became an official NGO (ONG-Romania) in Romania.