SOS Children's Villages works to prevent family breakdown and to ensure that families have the support they need so that children and young people are better cared for, protected and able to transition confidently into adulthood. We work directly with families who are at risk of breaking down and with their communities. We work with local municipalities and national governments to implement measures that prevent children and young people from losing parental care and that strengthen and stabilize families so that children and young people are better cared for and protected, including during emergencies. We develop trainings and resources that are available to the wider public beyond those we reach directly, and we conduct research to further inform our own work as well as policymaking and practice.

How we help families stay together

In our direct work with families and extended families, we offer a range of services, such as:

  • Livelihood support
  • Parenting workshops
  • Psychological counselling
  • Family counselling to resolve issues
  • Support in accessing social & health care services
  • Providing parents with entrepreneurship and vocational training to help them become financially independent and create a stable home
  • Access to education, including covering for school fees, uniforms, learning materials, tutoring and after-school help

Working with communities

We work with communities to strengthen existing social networks and structures. Our response is always locally led and also aims to tackle gender norms and stigmas surrounding struggling or single-parent families wherever necessary. Our overarching goal is to raise awareness about the need for family support services in every country, and we partner with local and national governments to achieve this – for example, by advocating for the legal recognition of prevention services.

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