External SOS Children's Village family

What is a short-term SOS Children's Villages family?

Being a temporary mother, father or parent

Two children – most often infants – can be placed temporarily (up to 6 months) in an external SOS Children's Village family following a court decision or after opting for voluntary placement. Throughout, the pedagogical team works with families, the child and professionals to determine whether the child can return to his or her family, or whether a permanent placement of different types might be necessary.

The educational  team

A qualified educator provides the foundations of a personal living environment. This activity is subject to rules set by the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth who grant authorisation to create a foster family, with this requiring formal approval and monitoring, via a so-called “agrément”. This person will be a permanent member of the Lëtzebuerger Kannerduerf Foundation staff who works together with a socio-educational facilitator.

The short-term SOS Children's Village family can be supported in their day-to-day life (education, housework etc) by a family assistant, with the number of hours dependent on the number of children.

Which children are accepted?

Priority is given to children under three years of age. They are the youngest children in the SOS Children's Village, and are looked after for short period if there are biological children living in the family.  The admission of older children or adolescents is possible on a case-by-case basis, if the appropriate conditions are met.

What are the objectives of short-term placement?

Although separation is often a necessary measure for the well-being of the child, it represents an enormously stressful situation, especially for young children. It can often remind  them of a traumatic experience. A family environment as a place of protection and safety, with a firm and empathetic caregiver, is the best way to counteract the initial negative effects of separation. The possibility of a return to the family or other perspectives (long-term SOS Children's Village family, foster family, residential group) is worked towards. Previous positive relationships with parents or others should be maintained and nurtured. Short-term placement is a crisis intervention option, providing time out and relief when needed.

What support does the SOS Children's Village SOS family receive on a short-term basis?

  • Employment contract (one-year fixed-term contract with the possibility of a permanent contract at a later date), appropriate remuneration.
  • Funding allocation for the child
  • Child's room, car seat, etc.
  • Participation in all costs related to the child
  • Support staff
  • Ongoing training
  • Supervision
  • Days off, holidays (For max. 1 week occupation, otherwise possible between admissions or with the children)

Job profile :

  • 100% position.
  • Full professional training as an educator, qualified nurse or social worker.
  • Minimum age 25 years
  • Suitable living situation / residence in Luxembourg
  • Driving licence, suitable personal car
  • PC skills, two official languages (to B2 level)
  • Experience and satisfaction  in dealing with people facing challenges
  • Good management of the particular situation of the temporary relationship;  ability to offer children a loving and structured home for a short period of time
  • Good self-awareness and observation skills, openness and flexibility
  • Willingness to take in a child quickly in an emergency situation
  • Experience in dealing with young children
  • Good personal mental-hygiene
  • Willingness and ability of family members to deal positively with the impact of acute care on their private lives.
  • Appropriate accommodation for staff members

Would you like to apply? Please send your written application to

Lëtzebuerger Kannerduerf Foundation
Directorate Family Reference SOS Children's Village Short-term care
Rue H. Gmeiner
L-7534 Mersch


Responsable RH

e-mail: jobs(at)kannerduerf.lu

Tel. 32 90 03 - 51

Reinert Melanie
Familles SOS internes et externes

T. +352 32 90 03 - 49
E. reinert.melanie@kannerduerf.lu

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