SOS Children's Villages
in the United States

In the United States, SOS Children's Villages improves the lives of children in the foster care system or who are at risk of entering it. We provide loving homes for children who lack parental care, and we support vulnerable families to prevent family separation and child abandonment.

Challenges for children in foster care

The U.S. foster care system is in crisis.

Children are moved from foster home to foster home, often separated from their siblings and not encouraged to develop professional skills. In fact, only 50% of young people in U.S. foster care graduate from high school and only 3% earn a bachelor’s degree. Unprepared for independence, they experience high rates of teen pregnancy, public assistance, incarceration and homelessness.

Children deserve better.

How SOS Children's Villages makes a difference

How the SOS Children’s Villages model of care differs from traditional foster care:

  • Children live together with their siblings.
  • Children receive care and support from a full-time, professionally trained foster parent.
  • Children grow up in a private, single-family home.
  • Children are supported by a whole village: an intentional community that provides an array of services to help children overcome their past trauma and build a successful path forward.
  • Young people are prepared for independence with life skills, vocational training and educational opportunities. 
  • Our comprehensive model has been tested and refined for more than 75 years to help children today and transform their futures.  


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