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The Convention on the Rights of the Child, among numerous other documents, states that the best way for a child to grow up is in their biological family. Sadly, however, sometimes, in situations where parents are unable to provide the necessary care for their children, other adults take over, in this case, alternative care. Forms of alternative care include placing the child with relatives, in childcare homes, family-type children’s homes or foster families. The SOS Children’s Village Lekenik is one example of two active SOS villages in the Republic of Croatia. This paper focuses on the role of the SOS mom. The paper gives a brief overview of the selection and education of SOS moms, how an SOS family functions, and the workplace challenges and successes involved. As key elements in working with children in alternative care, emphasis is placed on love, patience and understanding of every child’s individual needs.
Keywords: Alternative care, family, SOS mom, SOS village.
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