When Romania ended its international adoption program in 2003, it left a number of orphans in limbo. The babies and young children, who had parents in the United States waiting, suddenly could not go. The biological parents who abandoned the children did not have the means to take them back in Romania.

14 of those children still live in Deb’s House today.

It was founded by Debra Murphy Sheumann, as a home for babies in adoption transition. When international adoption closed she kept the children together to be raised as brothers and sisters.

Illness forced Deb to step away from day to day operations of Deb’s House.

When United Aid Foundation (UAF) agreed to take over sponsorship in 2009, she called UAF “a group of angels.” Deb stays as involved with the operation as she is able.

The children of Deb’s House are growing up safe, healthy and well educated. It is the dream of donors who have stayed with them over the years that all of the kids attend university or some kind of trade school so they can one day take care of themselves.

Every autumn, a team of volunteers heads to Deb’s House to paint, repair, organize, and spend time with the children.

Deb’s House become a model for the way abandoned children should be cared for. The kids growing up in Deb’s House may not have parents, but they do have UAF to help achieve their maximum potential.