Supervised Independent Living Scheme

This is a care model designed for boys and girls who have reached 18 years of age and need support and guidance as they transition from alternative care to independent living. This service aims to provide an environment that supports the development of necessary skills for independent living while offering indirect supervision and continuous guidance to ensure the safety and well-being of young people.

With the aim of:

  1. Achieving Independence: Helping young men and women successfully transition to independent living by developing necessary skills and self-reliance.
  2. Supporting Personal Growth: Providing the necessary support for young men and women to achieve personal and social growth, and enhance their self-confidence.
  3. Reducing Risks of Independence Failure: Offering continuous supervision and guidance to help reduce the risks of failure in independent living, such as encountering financial or social problems.
  4. Creating a Supportive Environment: Providing indirect supervision and continuous guidance to ensure the safety and well-being of young people, along with psychological and social support to enhance their sense of security and stability during their transition to independence.


As one of the young people that grew up in SOS Syria’s care, Zain, 21, is a genuine example of excellence and hard work. As he grew up, Zain moved through all the stages of care at SOS Children's Villages Syria, transitioning from childcare to youth care, and later began his journey towards full independence in 2021.


Discover Zain's story


Characteristics of Supervised Independent Living Service:

  • Independent Housing: Young men and women are supported in securing independent residential places, with individual or shared housing units available if needed.
  • Supervision and Guidance: Case managers provide continuous guidance and support to young people, including assistance with solving daily problems and offering advice.
  • Skills Development Programs: Includes training programs to develop essential life skills such as money management, cooking, and searching for jobs.
  • Psychological and Social Support: Psychological and social support is provided to help young people to cope with the psychological and emotional challenges they may face during this transitional phase.

The first Youth House in Syria opened in 1986, and today there are ten Youth Houses located in Damascus and its countryside.