About SOS Children’s Village BC
For over 22 years, we have provided family-based foster care for children and youth in our communities through our Village model. This includes support to caregivers, youth, and kids through programs, services, and wraparound care.
We believe in keeping siblings together and in family strengthening, creating a sense of community and belonging, and in educating and empowering children to become contributing members of society.
Our Vision – What we want for children
Every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect, and security.
Our Mission – What we do
We provide homes, a supportive community, and programs to help foster children and youth in need grow into caring, self-reliant adults.
Our Values – What keeps us strong
Courage: We take action
Commitment: We keep our promises
Trust: We believe in each other
Accountability: We are reliable partners
Our Village of belonging was home to 5 families, 30 children and youth, and 5 independent youth in Year Intensive Housing suites.
24 kids and youth received personalized educational support while attending school from a distance, ensuring they didn’t fall behind during the pandemic.
45 children received trauma-informed clinical services with one-on-one counselling, art therapy, and animal therapy on a weekly basis.
16 caregivers and 2 reunified parents helped weekly through our Caregiver Support Program and our 24/7 Child Protection & Child Safeguarding Team.
42 SOS BC community members participated in weekly outdoor educational/cultural day trips and excursions that vastly improved mental wellness during COVID restrictions.
7 youth in Year Intensive Housing received extended support, due to the pandemic’s ongoing impact on transition planning for youth aging out of care. Food security, shelter, and basic needs were always provided for.
51 youth were supported in our Transition to Adulthood program, with 23 staying connected through Aftercare to ensure access to continued support if needed.
90 kids in total supported through their transition out of care since the Village first opened in 1999 (our SOS Alumni).
We had another year of a 100% graduation rate in our Village community.
How your gift will be used
SOS Children’s Village BC provides family-based foster care for children and youth in our communities through our Village model. We believe in creating a sense of community and belonging, and educating and empowering youth to become contributing members of society.
By leaving SOS BC a gift in your will, you can fund programs like our Transition to Adulthood program that helps youth who may otherwise fall through the cracks. We provide one-on-one support to help navigate this challenging transition. With your support, we aim to end youth homelessness, decrease experiences of depression and anxiety, and give youth the confidence and resources to fulfill their goals.
Additionally, our mental health programs provide emotional support, art therapies, and individual counselling to children and families in the community. Children and youth also participate in our educational support program which encourages interactions with peer groups in open, non-threatening spaces, further promoting their social and emotional growth.
Your gift helps vulnerable and marginalized children and youth in BC have a place to call home, a sense of belonging, and community. Your gift will ensure a bright future for children and youth in need and will pay it forward for generations to come.