Children in Croatia

In Croatia parents often have no choice but to place their children in institutions. Families where children have mental or physical disabilities receive no support, and children end up in institutions without the specialised care and attention they need.


Our Children's Villages in Croatia

SOS Children’s Villages began working in Croatia in 1992 and concentrates on supporting families and helping parents care for their children. This approach is very much in demand in Croatia as an alternative to the institutionalised care programmes run by the government.

Having worked in the country for over a decade means we are well placed to respond to crises. For example, in 2014, our emergency response programme helped children and families affected by the devastating floods.

In 2015, we began supporting refugees who have been passing through Croatia on their way to better lives in western Europe. The programme is focusing on caring for children, particularly those who are unaccompanied, pregnant women and mothers.

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Lekenik, Zagreb

Lekenik has one of the highest numbers of children without parental care. SOS Children focuses on establishing long-term support programmes for families. Children are cared for through daycare whilst parents work, taking part in workshops, sports and cookery.

Ladimirevci, Osijek

Ladimirevci was hit particularly badly by the war in the 1990s, and SOS Children has provided vital support for families forced to abandon their homes. As in Lekenik, long-term family support was warmly received in Ladimirevci.

Local contact

SOS-Djecje selo Hrvatska

Zavrtnica 5/III    10000

Tel: +385/1/46 100 66, +385/1/46 100 67

Fax: +385/1/46 182 08


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