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Protecting Children and Uniting Families Across Borders for 90 years

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    Every year, the ISS proposes its services to approximately 75'000 families around the world

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    Every year, the ISS proposes its services to approximately 75'000 families around the world

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    Every year, the ISS proposes its services to approximately 75'000 families around the world

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    Protecting Children and Uniting Families Across Borders

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    Protecting Children and Uniting Families Across Borders

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    Protecting Children and Uniting Families Across Borders

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Projects

Examples of projects carried out by ISS in the country of origin of the children

1) Assessment of the Adoption and Child Protection framework

In May 2013, ISS has conducted a review of the adoption and child protection framework in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). This study, done in collaboration with the local UNICEF office, was aimed at establishing a first assessment of the adoption procedures and practices, in a country which is increasingly targetted by adopters and foreign agencies, despite the lack of adequate structures and legislative framework. The mission report should enable local authorities to both identify the various measures to ake in order to reform the current system, and to alert the authorities of the host countries to the risks of a too rapid development of international adoptions in a context that is not prepared to it. 

Similar missions have been conducted in over 10 countries of origin to date (Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, Laos, Ivory Coast, Guatemala, Colombia, Haiti, etc.).

2) Support for legislative reforms

Thanks to its team of specialized lawyers, ISS has supported several countries of origin in the process of legislative reform of the framework for the adoption and protection of children deprived of family. Through close collaboration with local stakeholders (ministries, parliamentarians, etc.), new legal standards are written to match the international standards in this area, and to put in place appropriate measures in the country so as to protect children against the abuses adoption can too often entail.
This type of support has been provided in Vietnam, Haiti, Cyprus, etc.

 

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Latest News

June 8-12, 2015: Fourth Special Commission of the Hague 1993 on Protection of Children and Cooperation in respect of Intercountry Adoption

Held every five years since the inception of the 1993 Hague Convention, sixty-six States parties were in attendance, as well as seven International Organizations, thirty-three NGOs and twenty observers. A unique opportunity for adoption experts in countries of origin and receiving countries, to discuss better co-operation, persisting challenges such as costs and illicit practices, as well as an improved protection of the child.

ISS was represented by a Delegation from its General Secretariat, displaying its expertise through various documents published on the Permanent Bureau website. ISS intervened on children with special needs, the use of new technologies in search of origins. Moreover, ISS had the opportunity to chair a session on openness in adoption.
Most of the ISS interventions were based on the Manifesto on Ethical Intercountry Adoption, formally launched during this meeting.

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