The Outside World Couple Adopts Romanian Girl And Their Lives Turn Upside Down Published 10 months ago on Apr 29, 2018 By Monica Huntington Many couples reach a point in their relationship where they are ready to expand their family and bring a baby into their home. For Ron and Natalie Trecroce, conception turned out to be something of a struggle. Wanting nothing more than a child to love and care for, the pair turned to adoption. Their journey that started in 1997 brought them halfway across the world where their luck would change. After meeting a little abandoned orphan who they instantly connected with, Ron and Natalie were ready to officially make her their daughter when a shocking discovery changed their plans. Read on to learn what happened. 1. Their One Wish The year was 1997 and young couple Ron and Natalie Trecroce were a loving pair starting to think about their future together as a family. The duo had come to the point where they wanted to expand their family and were eager to have children of their own. Maternity Week While getting pregnant takes no time for some couples, for others, like the Trecroces, the process of having a baby can be more complicated. More than anything, the husband and wife duo wanted a child to dote upon and love. 2. A Difficult Process Ron and Natalie Trecroce had envisioned their ideal life that included offspring. Unfortunately, for years the pair tried to conceive but attempt after attempt failed. Although they refused to give up hope, their painstaking efforts were becoming more and more disheartening. Mother Care After years of trying to get pregnant without success, the Trecroces decided it was time to confront the truth once and for all. So they decided to run some tests and they hoped the results to shed some light on their situation. 3. Dashed Dreams The parental hopefuls were crushed when they were told that pregnancy was not in the cards for them. After painfully learning that their dreams of having a baby the natural way would never materialize, it took years for them to recover from the disappointing news. La Tribuna The couple eventually overcame their grief, however, and decided not to give up. While they had ruled out the one option, they could now start to consider the possibility of looking elsewhere to fulfill their desire of adding to their small family. So what were they going to do? 4. Regaining Hope The pair had desperately longed for children. They were prepared to take on all the joys and challenges of parenthood while surrounding their future children with all the love and care that is needed to nurture and raise kids in a happy and healthy environment. Video Hive The couple realized that conception wasn’t the only approach to parenthood. Together, they supported each other and looked into alternative courses of action in their quest to create life. Natalie largely credited Ron’s encouragement in the early stages when the Trecroces made a major decision. 5. Determined to Make it Work It was adoption that seemed like the most viable choice as Ron and Natalie Trecroce realized that they would love an adopted child just as much as they would a biological one. With that in mind, they looked into their options. The Whole Health Life Although it might not seem like that long ago, back in the late ‘90s, adoption procedures were even more complicated than they are today – particularly international ones. However, Ron and Natalie were determined and the prospect didn’t deter them. 6. Halfway Across the World Willing to do whatever it took, the couple embarked on an adoption search that took them all the way to Eastern Europe. The couple had heard about Romania particularly as a place where there were many children in need of adoption. Decoded Science Despite initial hesitations, they were fully immersed in the arduous journey of finding the child that they knew would be the perfect addition to their loving family. They ended up in the city of Arad in western Romania where as fate would have it, their lives would inevitably change forever. 7. Searching Far and Wide The decision to come all the way to Romania hadn’t been made lightly, and like many hopeful parents who had descended upon the country to find a child in need of love, it took the couple some navigating before the could come to a clear conclusion. Vimeo Ron and Natalie Trecroce made their way from orphanage to orphanage in the country, but it wasn’t long until they came across one place where something happened that would forever change the course of their lives and the lives of others. 8. The Opportunity of a Lifetime While visiting an orphanage in the town of Arad, situated on the Mures River, the couple was introduced to an adorable little girl named Rodica Lavinia Farcas. She was one-year-old and had deep, kind eyes that spoke to Ron and Natalie. La Tribuna They took one look at the small child and instantly knew what they had to do. Pretty quickly, the pair decided that they didn’t want to miss the opportunity to call the sweet girl their own daughter. But as they prepared to sign the adoption papers, something concerning became more clear. 9. Love At First Sight It turned out that the little Romanian orphan had been left at the orphanage as an infant. And although Ron and Natalie Trecroce fell in love at first sight with the small orphan, it was obvious that the abandoned baby was in pretty poor health. Vimeo Although she always had a smile on her face, the Trecroces soon learned that little Rodica was unwell. They would soon learn the extent of her condition, which raised the question of how she arrived at the orphanage in the first place. 10. Health Concerns When Ron and Natalie Trecroce found the small Romanian orphan baby, she was suffering from malnourishment, which contributed to other health problems. It was likely that as an infant, she was left at the orphanage as her biological family couldn’t afford to take care of her. La Tribuna Among a handful of various health problems, the Romanian orphan Rodica also suffered from rickets and weak bones due to a lack of vitamin D. Keeping that in mind, the Trecroces made one of the biggest decisions of their lives. 11. Looking into her Background No matter the fact that she needed some health care, Ron and Natalie Trecroce were prepared to bring home the sweet little girl and give her a better life. They were determined to legally adopt Rodica but they wanted more information about her background to get her the proper treatment she needed. LA Tribuna This feat turned out to be more difficult than initially imagined, but the couple didn’t give up from incessantly digging for anything they could find about the Romanian orphan. However, they never would have guessed what they would end up finding. 12. A Growing Family Undeterred by the prospect of needing to provide the orphan girl Rodica with medical treatment, Ron and Natalie signed the adoption papers. As they prepared to offer their adoptive daughter a new life, the couple continued to look into her past. Vimeo They found that the search would be hard as the bureaucracy in Romania wasn’t easy to tread. Records and paperwork weren’t always organized or comprehensive. However, they would soon stumble across one missing link that would significantly impact them all. 13. A Surprising Discovery The loving couple eventually got ahold of their new daughter’s family tree, and what they discovered was truly surprising. After much searching, Ron and Natalie uncovered that Rodica wasn’t an only child! They found out that the little girl from Romania also had an older sister. La Tribuna Ron and Natalie Trecroce were now determined to find out what had happened to Rodica’s sibling. This new piece of information sent them even deeper into the hunt for records, but they had never foreseen the outcome of their efforts. 14. A New Search The adoptive parents were astounded as to why they hadn’t been informed of Rodica’s sister before and wanted to learn more. They eventually discovered that the biological sisters had been split early in their lives and placed in different orphanages. Vimeo The compassionate couple set out on the task of locating Rodica’s sister although the exhaustive search was not simple. While some people would not have pursued the new lead, the pair would eventually come to the conclusion of their search and face another big decision. 15. Miraculous Development The Trecroces’ exhaustive search finally came to a close when they miraculously found Rodica’s long-lost sister and discovered her name was Gianina Farcas. The discovered that the older girl was born in 1995 and was a year older than Rodica. Vimeo They notice that the two little girls bore a striking resemblance and their hearts fluttered even more. While it wasn’t initially clear why the little girls had been separated, it was obvious to the couple what they had to do next. 16. A Touching Reunion Although the Farcas sisters had been in the same city the whole time, the two little girls hadn’t seen each other until the Trecroces brought them together for a moving reunion in 1997. Thanks to the persistent efforts of the Trecroces, the emotional get-together was a joyous victory amid so much strife. Vimeo While the couple had originally planned to adopt only one child, when they saw the sisters together they were sure that it was best to keep them together and didn’t hesitate to make the decision to adopt them both. But there were more surprises to come. 17. More Family Secrets The dedicated new parents were ecstatic to finally have the family they’d always dreamed of. When Ron and Natalie excitedly loaded the girls into the car and later onto the airplane headed for home, they were surprised to find out that it was the first time the former orphans had been in such vehicles. Daily Stuff As the toddlers adjusted to their new life in Canada, their new parents didn’t stop looking into the captivating backgrounds of their daughters. It was then that they made another shocking discovery about the family history of their adoptive children. 18. Bigger than Expected Astonished, the Canadian couple discovered that the adorable pair of little girls they had brought home from Romania weren’t each other’s only siblings. In fact, they learned that the small girls were actually only two of EIGHT siblings in total! Vimeo With this newest piece of the puzzle, the Trecroces wasted no time in putting forth a great deal of energy and money trying to locate the group of siblings. Ultimately though, their attempts to track down the other kids had a bittersweet result. 19. Unknown Fate The Trecoces were particularly interested in adopting one of Gianina and Rodica’s brothers, but despite their whole-hearted attempts, the Trecroces weren’t able to locate the other young boys and girls. Although they had been open to the idea of taking in more of the related kids, the paper trail made it impossible. Pinterest Still, they were overjoyed to be the proud parents of the two precious children they had already adopted. And while they were convinced that their union was meant to be, the children’s destined journey remained somewhat puzzling. But what was the reason for their initial difficult situation? 20. The Romanian Orphan Endemic For decades, the Eastern European country was ruled under the iron fist of the dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, who banned contraception in the country. Romania then saw a large increase in the number of children who were given to state agencies. Andrew Burton/Getty Images Children who were lucky like the ones the Trecroces found were taken to orphanages and some were even adopted, but many less fortunate children did not have the same fate. A report aired in 1990 by the newsmagazine 20/20 shed light on the conditions and prompted a wave hopeful adoptive parents to flock to the country. But what about Gianina and Rodica? 21. Unsolved Mystery The tale of the Gianina and Rodica is even more extraordinary with the Romanian ban on contraception in mind, but the family always wondered what had become of their other siblings. To this day, the family doesn’t know what happened to the other six of the eight siblings. Vimeo The Trecroces’s simply couldn’t find any additional information about the fate of their newly adopted girls’ other siblings. Nonetheless, they were dead set on giving Rodica and Gianina the best lives they could, and their extraordinary story didn’t end there. 22. A New Beginning Once in North America, the Trecroces did all that they could to ease their new daughters into their new lives and the new culture. Ron recalls that although Gianina was a little nervous at first, the four of them grew to be a strong family unit. Vimeo Following the girls’ tumultuous start, their adoptive parents gave them new names to apparently represent their new start. Gianina was renamed Sophie and Rodica was henceforth called Danielle. Still, Ron and Natalie wanted to do something to maintain the girls’ connection to their roots. 23. Staying Connected While there were many cases similar to that of Sophie and Danielle’s story, the two girls born in Romania were some of the lucky ones to find loving parents to raise and support them. The depth of Ron and Natalie Trecroce’s understanding and compassion was furthermore evident in another heartwarming gesture. Vimeo The new parents decided it would be best if Sophie and Danielle kept their original Romanian names as their middle names in homage to the heritage and culture they were born into. Little did they know at the time, but their origins would again come into play years later. 24. Gaining Public Attention Over the years, the girls grew up to have a relatively normal life by North American standards. They were lucky to have been taken out of their difficult situations as babies and to be with each other again in their new surroundings and throughout their subsequent upbringing. Vimeo Understandably, the incredible tale of the family of four drew significant attention. The benevolent actions of Ron and Natalie and the miraculous reuniting of Sophie and Danielle would lead to another interesting development that would spread their story far and wide. 25. Six Years Later Six years after they were adopted by their big-hearted parents, Sophie and Danielle’s story captured the attention of a documentary filmmaker who wanted to retell their miraculous story. The filmmaker approached the family and asked for permission to make the production. Boredom Therapy While Ron and Natalie were hesitant at first, they eventually agreed thinking it could inspire other families to adopt as well. The cameras started rolling, but it would be years until the stirring footage would prompt one of the girls to do something impressive. 26. Sharing Their Story Years later, at the age of 14, Sophie Trecroce found her adoption papers and watched the documentary about her family. The industrious teen decided herself to edit the footage into a short film that she posted online and became incredibly popular. Vimeo Her main motivation to make the poignant clip was to raise awareness about the kind of situation she and her sister were in and to encourage others like them. But, their story doesn’t end there and as the girls continued to grow up they settled upon some more incredible choices. 27. All Grown Up It has now been more than 20 years since abandoned sisters Sophie and Danielle were reunited and adopted. they have both gone on to college and have great plans for their futures. Perhaps the documentary that Sophie edited was an indicator of her future career pursuits. Facebook From her early film editing project, Sophie realized she had a talent for artistry and that her ambition in life was to be a photographer. Therefore, she enrolled in college to study the practice. While Sophie Trecroce seems to have made great strides with the opportunities provided to her, you may be surprised to find out where Danielle’s path led her. 28. Still Close Like her sister, Danielle also enrolled to study for her Bachelor’s degree and she and Sophie remain very close. The two still even live very close to each other and constantly stay in touch. While the Trecroce sisters have pursued their own interests, they have never forgotten their shared history. Boredom Therapy As young adults, the two began to take an interest more in Romania and their biological family. Sophie and Danielle began researching their roots and, with their loving parents’ support, have made plans to return to their origins to try to get answers to one remaining question in particular. 29. Romanian Return The sisters made plans to take a trip to Romania in 2018 to find out more about where they came from and what had become of their other siblings. When the media picked up on the sisters’ story, Danielle said: “I would love to go back to explore the country!” Facebook The two hope to find out as much about their past as possible. While there is little documentation to go on, the formerly abandoned babies remain hopeful and seek to utilize the fortunate turn of events in their lives to shed light on their extraordinary journey. 30. Happy Family Thanks to the generosity of spirit and determination of Ron and Natalie to become parents at any cost, Sophie and Danielle’s touching story had a happy outcome. While that wasn’t the case for all Romanian orphans, these two and their adoptive parents were all lucky to have found each other and provided mutual happiness and love. Vimeo It just goes to show that when one door seems to close, a whole new world can be waiting with a wonderful outcome that could never have been expected. Of the experience, Natalie once told interviewers: “It’s the best thing I think we’ve ever done.” If you liked this article, don’t forget to SHARE it with friends! Sources: Boredom Therapy UP NEXT Gunsmoke: Top Facts Behind The Longest-Lived Show on Television... Next Page Related Topics:adopted siblingadoptionadoptive familiesbaby daughtercanadaorphansparenthoodRomania Up Next The Crown: Facts And Fiction Behind The Netflix Royal Drama Series Don't Miss Girlfriend Requests A Neck Massage. Then Boyfriend Realizes Something Is Wrong Continue Reading You may like What Happened When Patricia Lofton Discovered The Identity Of Her Long Lost Sister After A Turbulent Few Years, What’s In The Stars For Celine Dion? 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