Loving, stable families for orphaned and vulnerable children
Strengthening families and communities
Having emotional support to grow up safe.
Setting young adults up for success
Advocating for children’s rights, voices and lives
OUR COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH
For over 70 years, we are the world's largest nongovernmental organization dedicated to the care of orphaned and abandoned children.
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Our comprehensive approach – preventing child abandonment, offering long-term care for children in need and empowering young people with the resources to reach their full potential – transforms the lives of millions of children and families worldwide each year.
At SOS, we combine short-term aid and long-term guidance to strengthen families so they are better able to care for their children and to protect them from child labor, child trafficking and other threats to their safety.
Children who lack family care can become part of a new family at one of our SOS villages, join an SOS-supported foster family or be cared for by relatives who benefit from SOS services.
To increase youth employability and unlock young adults' full potential, we provide education, life skills development, vocational and entrepreneurship training, soft skills development, access to internships, mentoring and more.
We work with other development agencies, governments and communities to advance initiatives that help children and families, and to raise awareness about the rights of children and the responsibilities of those around them.
Day in and day out, we are on the ground in 138 countries and territories, working within the local social and cultural context and well positioned to step up should an emergency arise.
We address the root causes of family separation, keeping children in the family home and avoiding the need for alternative care.
We provide permanent family placements and keep siblings together, offering stability and a solid foundation to children who have lost parental care.
We stay with children through the difficult transition to young adulthood, making sure they have the support they need to become independent adults.
We bring together education, empowerment and employment skills to prepare children and youth for lifelong success.
We advocate for the needs of children and youth at the local, national and international levels, improving quality of care and building systemic change.
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