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SOS Children's Villages USA

Child poverty in the United States remains a problem, particularly in the southern states and in larger cities. Drastic regional differences are observable in poverty levels across the country: in the South, 45 per cent of children under the age of 18 live in low-income families.

United States: Poverty Amid Plenty

The United States is a nation of contrasts, an economic powerhouse that has seen wealth inequality rising at an alarming rate. According to UNICEF, 30% of American children live below the poverty line, which is significantly above the global average of 20%.

Poverty puts additional strains on already vulnerable families, leaving children at increased risk.

Challenges for Separated Children: Foster Care in the United States

The U.S. child welfare system is in crisis, with a shortage of foster homes and a widespread inability to place siblings together. A lack of effective transition programs makes the move from youth to adulthood very difficult. Less than 50% of children in foster care graduate from high school, and only 3% complete a bachelor’s degree.

Without a high school education and ongoing support to develop professional skills, foster youth can face serious challenges. In fact, 33% of homeless young adults were previously in foster care, and one quarter of foster care alumni will become involved with the criminal justice system within two years of leaving care.

A Family-Centered Approach: Our Work in the United States

In the U.S., SOS Children’s Villages focuses on improving the lives of children who are part of the child welfare system or at risk of entering the child welfare system.  We currently have a presence in two states – Florida and Illinois.

The SOS model works: 100% of SOS youth in the U.S. graduate from high school, and SOS alumni are six times more likely to graduate from college than youth in traditional foster care.