SOS Children's Villages started working in Germany in the mid-1950s, after the foundation of "SOS-Kinderdorf e.V." in Munich. The SOS Children's Villages concept aroused great interest in Germany; the number of members and friends rapidly increased, and in subsequent years our organisation was able to expand its support to reach children, young people and families in nearly 40 locations around the country.
The SOS Children's Village Oberpfalz was officially opened in 1967. It is situated close to the city of Bayreuth, on the edge of the Fichtel mountains. The SOS Children's Village Oberpfalz comprises twelve family houses, where about 60 children found a new home.
In addition of the SOS families, a educational community for children and youth between six and twelve years was established. The natural families of these children need support and relieve of their parental duties, while the children receive short or medium term care at the educational community. A SOS day care centre was erected in the city of Bayreuth, offering day care to children in problematic family situations. One of the houses of the SOS Children's Village Oberpfalz accommodates a educational day care centre for eight children. The children may join the SOS children at the playground or the communal rooms.