Long-Term Care

Belonging to a family means growing up feeling safe to be yourself and to dream freely about your future.

Building Stable, Loving Families for Children in Need

SOS Children’s Villages leads the world’s largest family care movement. We build families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children throughout the world. We work to ensure that all children, together with their siblings, have a loving family and an opportunity to reach their full potential. We nurture that essential feeling of belonging while looking after each child’s needs and aspirations.

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Challenges for Children

It is widely understood that a stable, nurturing environment lays the foundation for a child’s healthy development. Unfortunately, not every child has this advantage. Without the stability of a family, a child faces an increased risk of malnutrition, violence, exploitation and other life-threatening circumstances.

An estimated 220 million children—1 out of every 10 children worldwide—are at risk of growing up alone.

The Problem in Numbers


children live in extreme poverty, defined as less than 1.90 USD per day 



children are at risk of growing up alone



children have lost one or both parents


Your Support in Action 

Anisa's Chance to Shine

Anisa’s mother died during childbirth, leaving her and her four older siblings in the care of her 76-year-old father. While Anisa’s father was well-meaning, he was not equipped to raise all of his children. Anisa’s family lived in an abandoned government building in Mogadishu ...

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From Worker to Happy Child

By the time Diane was six, her mother and father had both died of malaria. For two miserable years, Diane was forced to labor as a domestic worker, while her younger sister, Gloria, stayed in an orphanage. Their father’s longtime feud with his relatives kept anyone from helping the girls ...

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You have the power to give an orphaned or abandoned child the foundation for a promising future. Donate today to give a child a stable, loving home.

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Quality Care for Children

Our programs are based on an unwavering commitment to quality care for children. SOS Children’s Villages builds loving, stable families for orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children who have lost their families. When children cannot stay with their family or have no family, we give them a safe home, together with their siblings, where they can grow up in one of our SOS families. Learn more about our long-term care programs.

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