Children are placed in foster care because they have faced challenges that most young people could never imagine.
SOS Children’s Village BC provides the services these children need to become emotionally healthy again, and kids who live in the Village are never put on a waitlist. Children in care need support and counselling to move on with their lives – this should never be optional. The park-like atmosphere of the 2.5 acre Surrey Village site is healing to its inhabitants, with specialized counselling available and caregivers looking out for each other’s children when they are playing outside.
The services provided to the foster families – free of charge thanks to donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations – include cognitive remediation and behavioural counselling, art and play therapy, cutting-edge Neurofeedback training, and narrative therapy. The standard SOS Village model around the world has mental health on the perimeter of program service, for us it is vital. In recognition of this importance we are striving to implement a trauma informed approach to all we do as an organization.
Dealing with the mental and emotional health of foster children is core to the SOS model of care, however like any parent SOS BC wants to give these children every opportunity, therefore we provide recreational programs, camps, music lessons, academic assistance, and cultural engagement to help them become well-rounded and caring adults.