Because of our status as a non-profit organisation we are not allowed to include third-party advertising on our website. In the eyes of the tax authorities, these would be seen as sales measures and could lead to us losing our status as a charitable organisation. We are also prevented from receiving commission income through offering links or banners on our website.
In general, it is possible to pay a short visit to an SOS Children's Village. As the wellbeing of children is of paramount importance we request potential visitors to acquaint themselves with our basic guidelines.
SOS children are not up for adoption as in most cases, it is not the SOS Children's Village which is the child's legal guardian, but the parents, other relatives or the youth welfare authorities, so the decision lies with them, not SOS Children's Villages.
Adoption constitutes another successful way to find someone to care for a child in a family-based environment. It is one of the best alternatives for orphans or abandoned children being cared for on a reliable long-term basis. You have to consider what is actually the best way of caring for a particular child (either admission to an SOS Children's Village or adoption).