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Little Johns House

Little Johns HouseThe History…..

Little John’s House was purchased in 1993 to provide a secure home for Ionut Balan (Little John), a Romanian child who had earlier been invited to Devon to receive expert surgical/medical treatment, intensive physiotherapy, professional nursing and a great deal of loving care. His only other home in Romania would have been a State “Home for Irrecuperables”, where the residents received the minimum of food and clothing and where medicine was almost non-existent.
Ionut was an inspiration to everyone who met him.

The Present……… 

Ionut died of a heart attack in 1997 but the memory of him lives on to provide loving care for Adi, Costica, Iulia, Andrada, Laur and Anamaria, who live as a Special Needs ‘family’ in the care of employed Romanian helpers, supervised by Mags and Liviu Zaharia. Dr. Daniela Mutiu is sponsored to act as the home’s medical advisor.

Another important aspect of the work of Little John’s House is that of Respite and Day Care. This runs in the form of a Summer School and a Day Care Centre.


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Our young adult residents Six wonderful young adults live in our permanent care at ‘Little John’s House’. A loving and very capable fully Romanian staff ensure that their needs are met 24 hours a day. The young adults are placed in our care through the legal ruling of the Romanian Child Protection Committee and their cases are reviewed annually. Links have been formed with the young adults’ natural parents where appropriate and we endeavour to maintain contact as frequently as possible. Click on the links to the left to find out more about our young adults (permission for any images used of the children has been granted by the parents or legal guardians. There can be no use of any of these images without it). The House and barn The house and barn have undergone substantial renovation since they were purchased. The young adults eat, play and sleep in the…

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