Published: Tuesday, 29.10.2019

We celebrate 70 years of SOS Children's Villages worldwide

In honour of the 70th anniversary of our umbrella organization SOS Children`s Villages International, we held a conference ‘Recognize, Care, Be Proud!’ – On Children in Alternative Care.

 2019 was a year of major anniversaries for us! In addition to the most important anniversary for us in particular, a celebration of all the efforts, commitment and hard work that SOS Children's Villages International have invested ever since Hermann Gmeiner started it all in 1949, the conference we held in the Museum of Contemporary Art also marked 30 years since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and 10 years since UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children were adopted.
“In addition to celebrating these important anniversaries, we also want to send a strong message that although children who are neglected, abandoned, abused, who live in poverty or without parents often remain invisible, we can and must change that, and everyone can make a difference in this regard. The first step is to recognize that Marija, Marko or Ivan are neglected, abused, abandoned or lacking parental care, and then we have to ensure the necessary care and protection for each child, regardless of whether that child lives with or without adequate parental care”, said Mariza Katavić, president of the Association SOS Children's Village Croatia.

The conference focused on children and youth in alternative care and alternative care experts will continue to analyse the existing situation and good practices. Right now there is a big gap between declared public policies and social services focused on caring for children without adequate parental care. We have to do a lot more in terms of preventing unnecessary separation of children from their families and protecting children from risks of all kinds.

In the past 70 years, our umbrella organization SOS Children`s Villages International has provided love, security, support and care to almost four million children without adequate parental care worldwide. The Social Impact Assessment we carried out shows that as many as 90% of children who were in our care provide adequate care to their own children, thus breaking the cycle of family separation and child abandonment. 60% are doing well and leading self-reliant lives thanks to receiving education and skills, while 90% are successfully covering their basic needs. 80% of former SOS children are leading happy lives, experiencing social and emotional well-being and being safe from discrimination and other harm, all thanks to care provided by the SOS Children's Villages.

UN General Assembly adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 30 years ago, and UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children 10 years ago. By embedding the provisions of the Convention and Guidelines in its everyday work, SOS Children's Village Croatia has been providing family based care to children without adequate parental care for the past 27 years, always striving to make our community a better place for children. These anniversaries are a wind beneath our wings, inspiring us to intensify our efforts in caring for children and to renew our commitment to protection and promotion of all their human rights.


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