hen it is in the best interests of the child and in agreement with the relevant authorities, we provide alternative care. We have 40 years of experience in offering longer-term alternative care based on a family-like care model, which we call SOS family care, and in other alternative forms of care such as foster care and small group homes. To find the best possible alternative care option for each individual child, we constantly innovate and improve our work with SOS families and use our experience and competence to explore relevant care solutions, together with partners. If it is in the best interests of a child to return to the family of origin, we actively support and carefully accompany this process. No other organisation has our depth of experience in providing alternative care, and this experience informs our family strengthening and advocacy work.
It is in a child’s best interests to remain with the family of origin as long as the family is providing adequate care. In partnership with community organisations and governments, we work to strengthen vulnerable families in order to prevent family breakdown and separation of children from their families. In family strengthening, we also work with kinship care, where children are supported to live with their extended family. Where necessary we partner with the state and other stakeholders to provide access to basic healthcare and quality education to support children
and families to become self-reliant. Humanitarian emergency situations invariably lead to family separation and loss of security and livelihood. In such situations, we provide protection for unaccompanied children and young people, we actively support family reunification, and we assist
families to overcome trauma and rebuild their lives. For children who cannot be reunified with their family, we work with authorities to find a suitable care placement.
Advocacy and partnership for
We call upon governments and communities to fulfil their commitments for children without parents or at risk of losing parental care, and we support them in their efforts. This work is guided by the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children and is in the framework of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We advocate for measures to prevent the loss of parental care. We also support the development and implementation of alternative care quality standards and demand continuous monitoring of these standards. This includes appropriate support for gatekeeping, reintegration, social workforce development and the leaving care process. In our advocacy, we draw on evidence gained through our work in alternative care and family strengthening.