SOS Children in USA
The work of SOS Children’s Villages began in the United States in 1950 when a group was set up in New York to support the work of SOS Children’s Villages in Austria just one year after the first village had opened. Then in 1963, the group was registered as “Friends of SOS Children’s Villages Inc.” to raise funds for the growing worldwide work of SOS Children’s Villages.
Our Work in USA
SOS Children was active in helping children and families affected by the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in August 2005, especially those families that were evacuated from the devastated areas of New Orleans.
United States of America is one of 124 countries across the world in which SOS Children cares for orphaned and abandoned children and communities in need.
In 1988, the decision was made to establish an SOS Children's Village in the USA, to supplement the traditional foster family system. The first of these was built in the state of Florida at Coconut Creek and opened in 1993. It gives 60 children and young people a safe, loving family environment.
A second Village opened in Lockport, Illinois in 1994, about 30 miles south-east of Chicago. There are ten family homes for up to 90 children and young people. In 2004, the third SOS Children's Village in the USA opened in Chicago itself with the financial support of both the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois. The Village is home for up to 90 children and young people. In addition SOS Children runs a number of community support programmes. These include:
- day-care programme
- out-patient therapy centre
- emergency housing for families with special needs
- low cost housing
- support for pregnant teenagers and young mothers.
SOS Children's Village Chicago opened in 2004. It has 16 family homes for 90 children and youths. A couple of special programmes are also ran by SOS Children in Chicago. A Pregnant and Parenting Teen Programme provides help for young mothers and a Fostering Families Programme provides accommodation for families in emergency situations.
SOS Children's Villages U.S.A. Inc.
1001 Connecticut Ave.,NW, Suite1250
Washington DC 20036