Who decides whether a child is admitted or not?

The SOS Children's Villages association of the respective country defines the criteria of admittance within the scope of the guidelines set up by SOS Children's Villages International and according to the economic and social, and legal requirements within the country.

The decision whether to admit a child is then made by a committee consisting of the village director, an SOS mother, social workers, and sometimes the national director, in co-operation with the authorities. This committee decides whether a child is physically and mentally fit to be admitted to one of our villages and whether the child is in need of a permanent home. Should there be any of the child's siblings in need of care, these children would also be admitted to the village.