Creation and Management

George S. Yacoubian, Jr. began the adoption process in Armenia in 2005. Throughout the spring and summer, he went through home study and various levels of domestic governmental approval. While in Armenia during the summer of 2005, George saw Liliana for the first time. He submitted Liliana’s adoption dossier to the Armenian government in the fall of 2005, received preliminary approval in December 2005, and obtained final adoption approval in March 2006. Liliana Sara Yacoubian, the inspiration for SOAR’s work, arrived in the United States on April 23, 2006.

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The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) provides humanitarian relief to orphaned Armenian children and adults with disabilities throughout the world. Working with a trusted network of in-country staff and a cadre of global volunteers, SOAR provides this institutionalized population with the same educational and social opportunities as their non-institutionalized counterparts while simultaneously facilitating family empowerment, deinstitutionalization, and reunification.


Through our steadfast humanitarian relief efforts, the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) strives to provide orphaned Armenians throughout the world with resources fundamental to their physical, emotional, and intellectual development. Over time, we aim to provide this underprivileged population with the tools necessary to become accomplished, educated, and self-supporting Armenians.


The Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) was formed in 2005 as a charitable organization to provide humanitarian assistance to orphaned Armenian children. Today, our work spans the entire child protection spectrum, including aide to non-residential day centers who aim to prevent institutionalization to assistance to residential care centers that provide safe and nurturing environments for children and adult residents with disabilities who cannot be raised by biological family. Our staff, Executive Board, Trustees, and global volunteers are committed to revisiting our corporate strategies as internal and external environments change. While our dedication to efficiency, fiscal responsibility and transparency epitomize are organizational approach, we remain steadfast in providing optimal care, love, and support to the most vulnerable Armenian populations around the world.

*Applies to the SOAR Amsterdam Chapter