Frequently Asked Questions

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Sponsorship and Donation Questions

How do I make a donation?

To make a donation to SOS, you can access our secure online form HERE. Your donation will help children in need around the world find loving homes with SOS Children’s Villages. 

 

How do I donate monthly?

To make a monthly donation to SOS, you can access our secure online form HERE. Your donation will help children in need around the world find loving homes with SOS Children’s Villages. 

You can also make a monthly commitment to become a child sponsor or village sponsor.  

 
How do I make a gift to SOS Children’s Villages in honor of or in memory of someone?

Is there someone important in your life you want to recognize? Honor this person today by making a gift in their name. Your inspired gift will better the lives of vulnerable children. Please visit our secure donation form here.  

 
How can I promote SOS and/or organize a fundraiser?

You can join #TeamSOS HERE and set up a fundraiser for SOS Children’s Villages. 

Whether you invite your friends to celebrate your birthday with a donation, throw a party, host a bake sale, run, dance or bike for #TeamSOS, you will be joining a passionate community committed to making sure every child has a loving home.  

You can also organize a fundraiser for SOS on Facebook.  

And by becoming a strategic partner, you can promote SOS through cause marketing, employee engagement, workplace giving and other models of collaboration as a corporation or an employee. 

What sponsorship options do I have? 

You can be a child, village or family sponsor with SOS Children’s Villages. Child sponsors help support an individual child and give the child a loving family, a safe home and the opportunity for a successful future. Village sponsors contribute to a community of children by providing support to an SOS village and its programs. Family sponsors work to stop child abandonment and family separation before it starts by providing vulnerable single mothers and families with the support they need so families can stay together.  

Why should I sponsor with SOS Children’s Villages? 

When you become a child or village sponsor with SOS Children’s Villages, you will know that your funds are being put to work to directly impact the child or children you are supporting. When you become a family sponsor, you will know that your monthly contribution will be used to make a difference for the families who need it the most, from single mothers struggling to support their children in the face of drought in Africa, to refugees fleeing disaster in Venezuela and Syria.  

SOS Children’s Villages has been helping children since 1949 and providing a care model that has been proven to work. As a recipient of the Mother Teresa Gold Medal and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, SOS Children’s Villages is an organization you can trust. 

Can I gift a sponsorship to a friend or loved one? 

Yes, you can share the gift of sponsorship. You can use this enrollment form and enter the recipient’s information on the form. Your gift recipient will receive the welcome packet and all of the benefits of sponsorship.

What impact do I have as a child sponsor? 

As a child sponsor, you provide the critical essentials for a child – food, clothing, shelter and medical care. However, your gift does so much more, ensuring that a child grows up in a family surrounded by a loving parent and siblings. 
 
Children living with SOS families benefit from our seven decades of expertise caring for at-risk children, including trauma support for children coming from difficult circumstances. Your sponsored child also receives a quality education and a tailored development plan so they can reach their full potential. 


Because building a stable, loving home is more than just providing the basics, multiple sponsors can support each child. In addition to ensuring financial stability, having multiple sponsors enriches the sponsored child’s life by letting them know that a number of friends worldwide care for them. 

How much does child sponsorship cost? 

Sponsorship starts at $35 per month or about a dollar per day and can be paid monthly, quarterly or annually.  

How is my sponsorship contribution used? 

We are proud to share that 80% of your contribution benefits our work with children. The remaining 20% is used for operational support and outreach.  

How long will my sponsorship last? 

Our work to support families and children is long-term, and because of that, sponsorship is ongoing, or until you share with us that you would like to end your support.  

For child sponsors, when your sponsored child is ready to become independent, we will notify you and offer you the opportunity to sponsor another child or discontinue your sponsorship. In some cases, other circumstances may cause your sponsorship to end sooner than anticipated, such as if we are able to reunite a child with their biological family. If such a situation occurs, we will notify you immediately. At that time, you will have the opportunity to sponsor another child or discontinue your sponsorship. 

If for any reason you are not able to continue your sponsorship, please give us a call at (202) 470-5172.   

As a sponsor, what do I receive, and how often will I receive an update? 

As an SOS child or village sponsor, you help provide children in need with the love and long-term support they deserve to help shape their own future. After registering to sponsor, you will receive a welcome packet containing a description and a photo of your sponsored child or village, including information about the community where your sponsored child lives. Your welcome packet will also include a mailing address for you to send letters to your sponsored child or village. Twice per year, you will receive updates, including photos. In addition, annually, we will send child sponsors a birthday card that you may personalize and send to your sponsored child for their birthday. We will also keep you updated on the work SOS Children’s Villages does around the world through our newsletters. 

Can I sponsor more than one child? 

You can sponsor as many children as you want to. Some sponsors choose to sponsor a child and their village to give them extra support, or to sponsor children or villages in several different parts of the world. You can also sponsor a child or a village in a region where you have a close affinity, and have a family sponsorship in addition so they can make contributions to the children and families in greatest need. It is also possible to set your sponsorship contributions to a higher level, if you would like to contribute more. 

Can I choose my sponsored child, or request to sponsor a child with a specific religious identity, from a specific country, or of a specific age or gender? 

For child protection reasons, we cannot provide any information about children before we have matched you with your sponsored child, so you cannot choose your own child to sponsor. However, it is possible to make certain requests about your sponsorship. 

It is possible to request to sponsor a child from a specific country, but we cannot guarantee that we can always meet all preferences. We will do our best to honor your request, and if it is not possible, we will match you with a child in the nearest country where there is a need for sponsors.  

You can also request to sponsor a child of a specific gender and age (a general age range, such as “younger than five,” is recommended for requests, but more specific requests are also possible). We cannot guarantee that we can always meet all preferences, but we will do our best to honor your request.  

The religious identity of children in our care is personal and private information that is not provided to SOS sponsors. 

Can I visit my sponsored child, or can my sponsored child visit me? 

SOS villages welcome guests! In addition to writing to your sponsored child, consider a trip to visit your sponsored child’s community. It’s a life-changing experience to meet your sponsored child and see firsthand the impact you are making. As in any household, SOS families have established routines and obligations. To ensure a successful visit, please contact us at least one month in advance. We will help coordinate arrangements with the appropriate SOS national office.  

However, unfortunately, sponsored children while in the care of SOS Children’s Villages cannot leave the country to visit their sponsors. If you would like more information, please refer to our Child Protection Policies

Can I write to my sponsored child, send my sponsored child a gift, or send an annual holiday or birthday gift to my sponsored child? 

Absolutely! 

Children love to receive letters and photos from their sponsors! Included in your welcome packet, at the bottom of your sponsored child’s village description, you will find the address where you can write to your sponsored child. While you’re welcome to invite your sponsored child to write back, please understand that the ability to respond may be limited due to the child’s age, education level, or competing activities or interests. When sending photos to a religiously or socially conservative country, subjects should be modestly dressed. Please include your sponsorship ID number and sponsored child’s ID number to ensure that your letter arrives properly. If you do not remember the ID numbers, please email sponsors@SOS-USA.org or contact our sponsorship team at 202-470-5172. 

When sending gifts, you can send a small, light, flat and easily shippable package directly to your sponsored child. A small, easily shippable package helps ensure that it arrives at the SOS village without incurring any extra clearance fees that the village cannot afford to pay. Flat packages are also more likely to arrive efficiently when traveling through customs. We ask that you attach your sponsor number and sponsored child’s number to your gift to help with delivering the package directly to your child. High-tech gifts such as iPads, cellphones or laptops are not recommended. These items can incur large taxes and can be stuck in customs, stolen or even returned.  If you are questioning if an item is appropriate, please contact our sponsorship team at 202-470-5172, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST. 

You may send monetary gifts to celebrate special occasions in addition to your sponsorship contributions. We know how important it is to you that your sponsorship helps provide for the future of these children; that’s why 100% of special gifts are deposited into your sponsored child’s bank account to be used later in life. These funds are held in a savings account until your sponsored child transitions to independent living. At that time, your gift might help provide technical training or higher education, rent an apartment, start a small business or purchase a home or land. 

To pay by credit card, click here. All checks should be mailed to our Washington, D.C. office, care of SOS Children’s Villages-USA, Inc. Please include your sponsorship ID number and sponsored child’s ID number and make sure to indicate clearly that the check is for a gift and not a sponsorship payment to ensure that funds are forwarded appropriately. If you do not remember your sponsorship ID number or your sponsored child’s ID number, please email sponsors@sos-usa.org or contact our sponsorship team at 202-470-5172. 

You can also send an annual holiday or birthday gift to your sponsored child. The best way to send your sponsored child a birthday or holiday gift is to send a monetary gift to your sponsored child’s savings account through for your sponsored child’s future. Click here to do so! 

What do I do if I lose my sponsored child’s photo?  

If you lose any updates, pictures, addresses or information about your sponsored child or village, please send an email to sponsors@sos-usa.org or call our sponsorship team at 202-470-5172 and they will request another copy for you from our international office. 

Can I post a picture and share information about my sponsored child online? 

You are a key stakeholder in ensuring that sensitive information about your sponsored child is not shared with third parties outside your immediate family or circle of friends. We kindly ask you not to publish pictures or information about your sponsored child or family on Facebook or any other social media. 

We are fully committed to protecting the security, privacy and dignity of the children under our care. Learn more about SOS Children’s Villages’ Child Protection Policy

Can I adopt a child from SOS Children’s Villages? 

No, we try to promote the development of a lasting relationship between the SOS mother and the children in her care in the SOS village. One of the principles of SOS Children’s Villages is that the SOS village is a permanent and loving home for a child. It is an important part of the SOS philosophy that each child finds a permanent family in their SOS village.  

Call us at 202-470-5172 and we will help adjust your support as needed.

What impact do I have as a family sponsor? 

As a family sponsor, you help keep children in their family home and build supportive and self-reliant families. Your sponsorship ensures that children receive food, education and appropriate care – without being separated from their parents and siblings. Your sponsored family also has access to financial assistance and guidance, parenting advice and entrepreneurship or job training to increase family stability.  

How much does family sponsorship cost? 

The average family sponsor gives $28 per month – but the amount you choose to give is completely up to you. We’ll put your donations to work preventing family breakdown and ensuring children get to go to school and grow up without the burdens of hunger, child labor or worse. You give these children a chance to be kids again.  

How long will my sponsorship last? 

Our work to support families and children is long-term, and because of that, sponsorship is ongoing, or until you share with us that you would like to end your support.  

If for any reason you are not able to continue your sponsorship, please give us a call at (202) 470-5172.   

As a sponsor, what do I receive, and how often will I receive an update? 

As a family sponsor, you help prevent family separation before it starts all over the world. After registering to sponsor, you will receive a welcome packet containing a story about one of the families you have helped through your SOS Children’s Villages family sponsorship. You will continue to receive stories about families you are helping several times per year. We will also keep you updated on the work SOS Children’s Villages does around the world through our newsletters.

What impact do I have as a village sponsor? 

Your village sponsorship helps children living in the community you support – both those living with SOS families and the greater community. SOS Children’s Villages  has devoted decades to building lasting relationships with children, families and communities around the world. SOS schools and medical clinics serve children in SOS families as well as children and families in the area. Vocational programs teach youth from SOS families and the surrounding community, helping them develop job skills so they can earn an income and support themselves. 

How much does village sponsorship cost? 

Village sponsors make their contribution based on the amount of impact they would like to see in the community.  We have village sponsors who give $35, $100 or even $1000 a month.  

How is my sponsorship contribution used? 

We are proud to share that 80% of your contribution benefits our work with children. The remaining 20% is used for operational support and outreach.  

How long will my sponsorship last? 

Our work to support families and children is long-term, and because of that, sponsorship is ongoing, or until you share with us that you would like to end your support.  

If for any reason you are not able to continue your sponsorship, please give us a call your personal Sponsorship Team at (202) 470-5172.   

As a sponsor, what do I receive, and how often will I receive an update? 

As an SOS child or village sponsor, you help provide children in need with the love and long-term support they deserve to help shape their own future. After registering to sponsor, you will receive a welcome packet containing a description and a photo of your sponsored child or village, including information about the community where your sponsored child lives. Your welcome packet will also include a mailing address for you to send letters to your sponsored child or village. Twice per year, you will receive updates, including photos. In addition, annually, we will send child sponsors a birthday card that you may personalize and send to your sponsored child for their birthday. We will also keep you updated on the work SOS Children’s Villages does around the world through our newsletters. 

Can I visit an SOS village? 

Yes, if you would like to visit an SOS village, please email sponsors@SOS-USA.org. We ask that you contact us at least one month in advance to help us have time to organize your visit. 

Can I adopt a child from SOS Children’s Villages? 

No, we try to promote the development of a lasting relationship between the SOS mother and the children in her care in the SOS village. One of the principles of SOS Children’s Villages is that the SOS village is a permanent and loving home for a child. It is an important part of the SOS philosophy that each child finds a permanent family in their SOS village.  

Call at 202-470-5172 and we will help adjust your support as needed.

How do I update my credit card information? 

It’s easy. Update your credit card on our secure online form: sos-usa.org/paymentupdate or by contacting our sponsorship team at 202-470-5172. 

How do I update my contact information? 

It’s easy. Send us an email at sponsors@sos-usa.org. Please be sure to include your full name when writing. 

I have a question about sponsorship. Who do I contact? 

If you have questions about sponsorship, please reach out to our sponsorship team at 202-470-5172 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST) or reach out by email to sponsors@sos-usa.org.  

I have a question about donating. Who do I contact?  

If you have questions about donating, please reach out to our team at 202-347-7920 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST) or reach out to us by email at info@sos-usa.org.   

I have a question about your model and programs. Who do I contact?                                    
If you have questions about our model and programs, please reach out to our team at 202-347-7920 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST) or reach out to us by email at info@sos-usa.org.

General Questions

What does SOS Children’s Villages do?

We build families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children in 135 countries, including the United States. We are the largest nongovernmental organization dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children. Founded in 1949, we provide children with the love and long-term support they need to shape their own futures.  

Family StrengtheningTo keep children with their families, our family strengthening programs offer short-term aid and long-term guidance to struggling families.  

Long-Term CareAt our SOS villages, children who have lost parental support grow up in a loving SOS family headed by an SOS mother, a trained caregiver who raises each child with individual care and attention. We believe strongly in keeping biological siblings together in the same home, along with their SOS brothers and sisters. 

Youth EmpowermentTo smooth the transition to adulthood, we give young people the tools they need to lead successful, independent lives, providing them with education, life skills and job skills 

Advocacy and Emergency CareWe advocate for children’s rights and for change that protects and benefits children and families around the world, and we give aid to children and families in times of crisis 

Through our support and care programs and emergency relief efforts, we impact the lives of millions of children and families. 

 

Where is SOS Children’s Villages located?

SOS Children’s Villages runs more than 2,100 facilities and programs in 135 countries and territories. Click here to see exactly where we work. 

 

Who founded SOS Children’s Villages?

Hermann Gmeiner, a native Austrian, founded the first SOS Children’s Villages association in Austria in 1949, following the Second World War. His aim was to provide orphaned and abandoned children with a loving family, home and community in which to grow. The first SOS village was built in Imst in the Austrian province of Tyrol the same year. The very first house in the village was named House of Peace. 

 

What does “SOS” stand for?

Before it was called SOS Children’s Villages, Hermann Gmeiners Societas Socialis was a social club organized to raise funds for the care of orphaned children in Austria. 

To Gmeiner and his supporters, SOS meant socially responsible society. Gmeiner believed that every child deserves a family, a home and a supportive community environment. Gmeiner refined the name to SOS Childrens Villages to emphasize the call for attention to children in need worldwide. 

 

Are my contributions tax deductible?

Yes, SOS Children’s Villages-USA, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3). You will receive an annual statement of your contributions each February. If you would like an electronic statement, please email us at info@sos-usa.org

 

What is SOS Children’s Villages – USA’s tax ID number?

SOS Children’s Villages-USA’s tax ID number is 13-6188433. If you need additional information to make a contribution, please reach out to us at info@sos-usa.org

 

What is the SOS Children’s Villages model?

SOS Children’s Villages strengthens families and communities, provides long-term care for children, educates and empowers youth and advocates for children’s rights. Our comprehensive approach transforms the lives of millions of children and families each year. And when humanitarian crises strike, we provide affected children and families with the supplies and support they need.  

The SOS model works: in the U.S., 100% of SOS youth graduate from high school, and SOS alumni are six times more likely to graduate from college than youth in traditional foster care. According to the Boston Consulting Group, every $1 invested in SOS programs returns $14 in benefits to society.  

Over the last 70 years, our work has been supported by leaders such as the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela, and we have been recognized with numerous international awards and honors, including 14 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.  

 

How does SOS strengthen families and communities?

Our family strengthening programs empower families to overcome hardships. We work with families that are at risk of falling apart, giving them the support they need to grow stronger, stay together and keep their children safe. SOS family strengthening programs prevent child abandonment and family separation.  
 
In partnership with governments, NGOs and other relief organizations, we build effective community support systems. Our short-term assistance to vulnerable families includes food, medical care and access to education. Our long-term services, which focus on making families self-reliant, include savings and loan associations, income-generating activities, childrearing classes, health education and more. 

 
How does SOS provide long-term care for children?

SOS Children’s Villages builds families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children. When children cannot stay with their family or have no family, we give them a safe home where they grow up in one of our SOS families. 

SOS family-based care is centered on four guiding principles:  

  • The SOS mother: a trained and loving caregiver who raises each child with individual care and attention.  
  • Brothers and sisters: both biological siblings and SOS siblings develop natural family bonds with one another.  
  • The home: Each SOS family creates a loving environment marked by safety, a sense of belonging and shared responsibilities. 
  • The village: A safe, supportive community of neighbors, with access to psychosocial support, medical centers, schools and recreational facilities. 

 

Why do children live at an SOS village?

We believe that every child deserves a loving home. When children have been abandoned or orphaned with no family to provide for them, or are lacking the shelter, education, food and care they deserve, we give them a safe home, together with their siblings, where they can grow up in one of our SOS families in an SOS village. 

 

What is an SOS mother or SOS parent?

Each SOS family is headed by an SOS parent (usually an SOS mother), a trained caregiver who has been provided with two years of prior training in an SOS home to get to know the children, the programs, and how to care for a child before heading their own SOS home. Each SOS parent raises each child with the individual care and attention they need. As a family, they build emotional ties together that last a lifetime. 

 

How does SOS provide education and empower youth?

Education opens the door to economic self-sufficiency and empowers young people to become productive, contributing members of their community. Denied an education, children miss out on the opportunities that education affords, namely a path out of poverty, a chance at a brighter future and the skills to realize their full potential.  

Every child and young adult supported by SOS Children’s Villages receives a quality education, either at an SOS school or a local school in the community. From kindergarten to secondary and beyond, SOS guides each child along their own unique path from education to employment. By enabling access to education and training, and encouraging individual achievement, SOS provides life-changing opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable children.  

 

How does SOS advocate for children’s rights?

For almost 70 years, SOS Children’s Villages has worked to help children who have lost parental care, or who are at risk of losing it. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes that these children have special rights to protection and quality care under articles 20, 21 and 25. 

Children who have lost or are at risk of losing parental care are among the most vulnerable to violations of their human rights. We promote and are guided by the United Nations Guidelines for the Alternative Care for Children, to which SOS Children’s Villages made key contributions. The guidelines were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009 and serve as international standards to ensure that children without parental care, or who are at risk of losing it, are adequately protected and supported. 

We stand up for children’s rights through a range of actions geared at ensuring that all children see their rights fulfilled so they can live in dignity and thrive: 

  • We advocate for the implementation of children’s rights. 
  • We inform and raise awareness about children’s rights and the challenges vulnerable children are facing. 
  • We partner with other leading organizations and stakeholders to promote children’s rights to achieve the greatest possible impact for children. 
  • We share knowledge and shape discussions about improvement and innovation of alternative care.

In 1949, 40 Austrian children were taken into safe new homes and families after being orphaned during World War II. Today, humanitarian crises are increasingly frequent and severe, and they often occur against a complex backdrop of political instability, widespread poverty and weak state institutions. These extreme circumstances impact family and community resilience, putting children at an increased risk of losing care and protection when they need it most. 

Because SOS is rooted in local communities in 135 countries, we are there when disasters strike or conflicts unfold, and we remain there long-term to help communities rebuild and become more resilient.  

When a humanitarian crisis occurs, our locally led teams help move children out of harm’s way and into safe environments where we provide the food, clothing, medical care and psychological support children need. We reunite children with their families and offer special protection and care to children affected by trauma. And when children have lost their families in a crisis, SOS is there to care for them.  

SOS targets the specific needs of women and girls in communities around the world, providing women of all ages with education, market-relevant skills and the self-confidence to become independent individuals, as well as role models and leaders.

How do I include SOS Children’s Villages in my will or estate plans?

Your decision to remember SOS Children’s Villages-USA, Inc. in your will, estate plan or other long-range financial arrangements is a beautiful — and powerful — gesture of love. It gives you the satisfaction of knowing that your gift will effectively live on, supporting our efforts to help children in desperate need for the long term. We have a variety of ways available to set up a planned gift to SOS.

How can I give to SOS through my IRA?

Simply ask your IRA administrator to transfer a tax-free amount of your choice from your account to SOS Children’s Villages-USA, Inc., using our tax ID number: 13-6188433. Your gift will count toward your IRA’s Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). You can choose to allocate a portion or all of your RMD to support our mission (up to $100,000 per year). Click here to print the Instruction Letter for your IRA administrator. 

 
How can I give to SOS through a tax-free IRA rollover?

In December 2015, the IRA charitable rollover became permanent – allowing individuals over age 70½ to roll over, tax-free, up to $100,000 from their IRA to charity. You can donate directly from your IRA to SOS Childrens Villages-USA, Inc. and reduce your tax bill. 
Click here to print the Instruction Letter for your IRA administrator. 

 

How can I give to SOS through my will or trust?

Your will or trust can be a way to make thoughtful gifts to care for loved ones and support your favorite charities, in addition to being one of the simplest methods to distribute your estate. By naming SOS Children’s Villages-USA, Inc. as a beneficiary in your will or trust, you can continue to support our work beyond your lifetime. Click here to download bequest language and our Federal Tax ID to share with your attorney. 

 
How can I donate securities to SOS?

It’s more and more common for people to give stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Because of tax considerations, you can often give appreciated assets and enjoy the tax deduction, rather than paying capital gains tax. You can generally deduct both the original price and appreciated value, as long as you have held the assets for one year or more. Click here to print our Stock Donation Form, which includes our brokerage and account information. 

 

How can I give to SOS through my retirement plan?

You may find that you can make the largest gift of your life from “what’s left” in your retirement account or pension plan. This allows you to provide for your retirement first, and then support charities, like SOS Children’s Villages-USA, Inc., that you’ve cared about during your lifetime. Contact your plan administrator to update your form(s) naming SOS Children’s Villages-USA, Inc. as a beneficiary of all or a percentage of your retirement. Tax ID: 13-6188433. 

 

How can I give to SOS through my life insurance policy?

Do you have a life insurance policy you no longer need? Policies taken out to protect mortgages which have since been paid or educational plans that have been completed, for example, make excellent gifts. By naming SOS Children’s Villages-USA, Inc. (Tax ID: 13-6188433) as a beneficiary, you will give orphaned and abandoned children permanent, loving homes and prepare them for independent lives. 
 
Please contact Craig Sarsony, Chief Operating Officer, at 202-407-7722 or by email atCSarsony@sos-usa.org if you have questions. Thank you for your investment in the lives of vulnerable children and families.

How do I apply for internship opportunities at SOS Children’s Villages – USA?

We are delighted that you are interested in helping children and families in need through SOS Children’s Villages. We have year-round internship opportunities available on the careers section of our website. Please click here to learn more about available opportunities. 

 

How do I apply for employment at SOS Children’s Villages – USA?

We are delighted that you are interested in helping children and families in need through SOS Children’s Villages. At this time, job applicants must submit a resume through the careers section of our website. Please click here to learn more about available opportunities. 

 
How can I volunteer at SOS Children’s Villages – USA?

Volunteers for SOS Children’s Villages-USA educate, advocate and fundraise for the organization through our Washington, D.C., office. Please contact us to get involved: info@sos-usa.org

To learn more about opportunities to volunteer in our villages in Illinois and Florida, please contact their offices directly: 

SOS Children’s Villages Florida: www.sosflorida.com 

SOS Children’s Villages Illinois: www.sosillinois.org 

 

Do you have any international internships or job/volunteer opportunities?

The children at our SOS villages grow up in an environment that is consistent with their own culture. Our programs employ people locally, thereby furthering the children’s connection to their own culture and building the strength of the local community. 
 
We guarantee long-term commitment and support for children. Children under our care have suffered greatly and need a long time to trust their new family. Therefore, we do not consider it wise to employ people on a short-term basis at SOS villages.

 

How does SOS handle child safeguarding?

SOS Children’s Villages does not tolerate any form of child abuse, exploitation, neglect or violation of a child’s privacy and rights. We work in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children.

Our Child Protection Policy focuses on four key action areas: awareness, prevention, reporting and responding. We place special emphasis on awareness and prevention to safeguard children and improve the quality of the care they receive. In the case of a reported child safeguarding concern, it is taken seriously and addressed without delay. This means that:

  • We build the capacities of co-workers, children, young people and families to recognize signs of abuse and how to prevent it.
  • We teach the use of tools such as positive discipline.
  • We work to eliminate harmful cultural practices.
  • Any reported child safeguarding incident or concern is carefully assessed, and based on the results of the assessment, concrete actions are decided and put in place.

 

How does SOS protect child privacy?

Protecting the rights, dignity and privacy of the children in our care is of paramount importance. In our communications, we change children’s names to protect their privacy or, when it is appropriate, identify them by their first names only. We do not provide sensitive information about the ethnic or religious backgrounds of children in our care. We comply with the European Union General Data Protection Regulation law, which went into effect in 2018. 

 

What are SOS Children’s Villages’ policies for financial reporting and transparency?

At SOS Children’s Villages, transparency and accountability underlie everything we do. We are committed to using all of our funds and resources wisely, ensuring that they are being appropriately utilized and accounted for.

Our International and SOS-USA Annual Reports are made available online every year for our donors, along with other important financial reports. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact SOS at info@sos-usa.org. 

If you still have questions we haven’t answered, please reach out to our team at 202-347-7920 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST) or reach out to us by email at info@sos-usa.org.

 

If you have questions that have not been answered, please reach out to our team at 202-347-7920 (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. EST) or reach out to us by email at info@sos-usa.org. We look forward to hearing from you.