No Child Should Grow Up Alone

No child should grow up alone

More than 220 million children worldwide are growing up without parental care or stand at risk of losing it. But a child’s ability to thrive depends on others. Children need the loving care of family. SOS Children’s Villages works to ensure that every child can grow up in a caring family – because we believe that no child should grow up alone.
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Helping to ensure that no child has to grow up alone is central to many things we do.

All around the world, we take direct action to safeguard children, strengthen communities and support families who are struggling to care for their children.

Although each child’s situation is unique, our experience tells us that:

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All children need resilient relationships, and that these are best developed in a caring family environment, in which the individual attention of a dedicated caregiver is essential.
In our efforts to strengthen vulnerable families and prevent family breakdown, we provide practical support such as access to basic needs, counselling and childcare training, and strengthen community support networks so that families are not alone with their problems – they receive the support and guidance they need to care for their children and become self-reliant.
In our SOS families, we provide the care and support that individual child needs. We train caregivers to really get to know each child, listen to them, and work with them, empowering them throughout childhood to grow in all ways. We continue our support until the young person is ready to become an independent adult.
We give a voice to children and young people, enabling them to engage directly with governments and international organisations. We advocate and urge governments to meet their international obligations to protect children and fulfil their rights as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.



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