Human Services

SOS Children's Village USA, Inc.

A loving family for every child

aka SOS-USA

Washington, DC

Mission

We build families for children in need, we help them shape their own futures, and we share in the development of their communities.

Ruling Year

1963

Chief Executive Officer

Neil Ghosh

Main Address

1620 I Street, NW Suite 900

Washington, DC 20006 USA

Keywords

child care, orphans, disaster relief, emergency relief, child welfare, family strenghtening

EIN

13-6188433

 Number

4126225955

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Millions of children grow up alone and cannot count on the care and protection of a loving home. These children face heightened challenges and are disproportionately affected by a number of development issues. These include poverty and marginalization, poor physical and mental health, lack of access to education and basic services, high youth unemployment, and high levels of violence and neglect. Frequently, we as a society, working together with governments, can act to prevent this. But if family separation cannot be avoided, collectively we must respond by providing quality alternative care to children; otherwise each child and our communities at large suffer. Creating 'a world that cares' means creating a society in which all children have a fair chance to grow up in a caring and nurturing environment where they can develop to their full potential.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program Overview

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of children and youth around the world that receive a quality education through SOS programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Education lifts children and families out of poverty! Data reflect SOS Federation worldwide.

Number of children and families that are stable and strong because of our work

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

We strengthen families at risk of falling apart with the support they need to grow stronger together and stay together. Data reflect SOS Federation worldwide.

Number of emergency relief services provided to affected communities

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

When war or disaster threatens children’s lives, we provide the unique care and protection they need. Data reflect SOS Federation worldwide.

Number of health services provided including vaccinations, HIV/AIDS treatments and mental health programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Through our established medical centers around the world, SOS Children’s Villages offers urgent and ongoing medical care. Data reflect SOS Federation worldwide.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

A loving home for every child! SOS Children's Villages creates culturally sensitive, community-based, stable, loving families worldwide for children who are orphaned, abandoned or whose families are unable to care for them. Unique to SOS Children's Villages, we build families for children in need, we help them shape their own futures and we share in the development of their communities. We want these children to grow up according to their own culture happy, healthy, educated and confident young adults so that they become contributing members of their community. Our family approach in the SOS Children's Village is based on four principles: Each child needs a mother, and grows up most naturally with brothers and sisters, in their own home, within a supportive community or “village" environment. We keep siblings together and support each child individually until they become an independent, young adult. If there are no adequate education opportunities in the community, we build our own preschools, kindergarten, elementary schools and high schools. Our Youth Centers and Vocational training Centers help young people make the transition to become independent, self-sufficient adults.

SOS Children's Villages is Federation with over 100 member organizations and over 570 SOS Villages around the world. These villages are complete with homes and community centers and either onsite or access to medical facilities, school and playgrounds for our children to grow up in a safe and supportive community. Access to quality early childhood care and education facilitates the development of key competencies for learning, particularly for children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Children who have spent early childhood without family-based care often experience long-lasting setbacks in learning. We help ensure that children's fundamental right to education is met and that young people are prepared to live independent lives. Furthermore, we strengthen families at risk of falling apart with the support they need to grow stronger and stay together. 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. Each home is headed by a trained caregiver, an SOS Mother, who raises each child with the individual care and attention they need and although they grow up and become self-sufficient, they will always have their SOS family. Last but not least, we focus on what each individual child needs. Because each child grows up in a family environment, we get to know each child as an individual, and we work with them to create a personalized plan for their development.

In our Villages, children from many different backgrounds and with their individual needs are able to grow up together with their SOS parent. A basic element in an SOS family is that the SOS parent has a solid relationship with each individual child and that she or he appreciates and supports each child in the family, taking into account that the children have their own individual strengths and weaknesses, as well as their own particular backgrounds. We work with families to prevent family breakdown and with communities and states to provide a loving and supporting family environment for children who need alternative care. In addition, we collaborate with families, communities and partners to ensure that each child has access to education and training that address individual needs and circumstances and helps children develop their potential. At SOS Children's Villages we are committed to ensuring that no child misses out on an education because of poverty, discrimination, violence, family illness, exploitation, or any other cause. Children are particularly vulnerable during emergency situations – a time when a child most needs care and protection. In humanitarian emergencies, we put the protection of children and their families at the center of our actions. We coordinate with other aid organizations, governments and other partners to provide effective assistance.

SOS tracks metrics on the numbers of children participating in its programs. We look at the number or children in our family based care programs, the number of families included in our family strengthening programs, and the number of people receiving services under our emergency relief efforts. Impact assessments are done on a frequent basis to ensure that those participating in our program have improved outcomes along various dimensions for example, school enrollment and high school graduation rates.

At SOS Children's Villages we are dedicated to the care of orphaned, abandoned and other vulnerable children. Therefore, our focus is on increasing our fundraising to help more and more children in need. We currently provide loving homes to over 80,000 children in 134 countries around the world. Our strategic goals are ensuring that many more children have a loving home and an equal chance to succeed in life, by strengthening the quality and outreach of our programs. Further, we drive a global care movement, uniting people and partners to ensure that 'no child grows up alone'. To accomplish our goals, seven strategic initiatives have been established. SOS Children's Villages wants to innovate alternative child care, strengthen families, empower young people and prepare them for independent living, expand our advocacy for children, create a movement with other professionals, simplify SOS to get more efficient, and invest for funding growth to increase SOS's capacities to help children in need.

External Reviews

Awards & Accreditations

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Financials

SOS Children's Village USA, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No