Izidor Ruckel

Izidor RuckelI am appalled at the number of children who remain in abusive and inhumane institutions around the world, forgotten and voiceless. I spent the first 11 years of my life in such a place, and can tell you it is a cruel solution for “unwanted” children. Through my own survival, as well as that of my former-orphan friends, I have seen how the stability and love of a family can change a child from hopeless and wild into a healed and a compassionate human being.

Many years ago, through God’s intervention, some courageous people spoke up on my behalf, gave me an opportunity outside the walls of my orphanage, and changed my life forever. Now, I am called to be a voice for those left behind.

Will you join me? Together we can find the answers to bring hope and dignity to the children still suffering.

BAMA Mediaworks: Budapest, Hungary

Elképesztő gyerekgyilkosságok Romániában: Izidor Ruckel is interviewed regarding a report by the Romanian Prosecutor’s Office on the Crime of Communism (IICCMER), which documents the era’s lack of care for orphans. Read the full story here. 

Abandoned for Life book

Abandoned for Life

Izidor's autobiography chronicles his first 11 years of life spent living in a horrific Romanian orphanage, his adoption by an American family, and how he found healing from his childhood trauma. LEARN MORE


Given Our Chance video

Given Our Chance

A documentary film about international adoption and Romanian orphans. Produced by Izidor Ruckel and Director/Producer Alex King. LEARN MORE

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Izidor speaking to a group of youth and adults


Izidor is a sought after speaker, utilizing his life story to educate and encourage audiences to participate in orphan care. Book Izidor for your next orphan advocacy event. LEARN MORE

Izidor first time on a computer

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