SOS Children's Villages has been present in France since 1956, when the first SOS Children's Village outside Austria was established in Busigny in Northern France. The work of SOS Children's Villages has increased over the years.
The first family houses of the SOS Children's Village Marseille were built in 1972 and today there are altogether eleven houses and a community centre with rooms for festivities and other social activities on the vast terrain. With a capacity of about 60 children, Marseille is the largest SOS Children's Village in France. In addition to the houses, SOS Children's Villages France has rented four apartments in a suburb of Marseille where adolescents from the SOS Children's Village stay during their higher educational or vocational training in order to get used step by step to live an independent life.