No Child Should Grow up Alone

One in ten children, or 220 million children worldwide, are growing up without the loving care of a parent or the support they need as children. This puts the child’s emotional, physical, and mental development – and thus his or her future – at serious risk. SOS Children’s Villages therefore is launching a worldwide campaign on 20 November, Universal Children’s Day: No child should grow up alone.

Loving care for a child means:

* Loving and stable care from at least one adult;

* A home that guarantees the child’s physical and emotional safety and well-being

* Adequate nutrition, health care, education, and other basic needs as children
In more than 125 countries and territories SOS Children’s Villages supports families in crisis and provides caring families for children who have lost parental care or who are at risk of losing it.
SOS Children’s Villages calls on everyone to leave no child behind. Every child has the right to a family that cares for them. And because investing in these children, so that they can develop into strong adults who contribute to society, is important for a sustainable future.



  • Governments put children who have lost parental care, or who risk losing parental carehigh on their political agenda and commit the resources required to support them with quality care, which is their right as children;
  • Businesses, as powerful entities, invest in building a society where no child is left behind;
  • Parents listen to children, learn about children’s rights, and be aware of how many children do not get the loving care they deserve and need;
  • Every person who is in a position to help – please help. Don’t look away from children who are alone and vulnerable. Join us in taking action to ensure that no child grows up alone.