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

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

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

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

Latest News

Training on international private law for judges and experts

On the 8th and 9th of December 2015, the Hague Permanent Bureau organized a two-day training in Jordan. Experts from Bahrein, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia as well as Germany, Canada and the UK, including members of the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH discussed the relevance of a number of Hague conventions to the MENA states. ISS Germany was invited and successfully presented ISS cases of transnational cooperation. One of the highlights was the Moroccan Central Authority’s experience in the implementations of 1980 and 1996 Hague Conventions.

Shortly after, the Albanian Ministry of Justice co-organized with ISS Germany a training for family judges on family conflict focused on cross border situations. The training concept was developed by the German Branch.

A short presentation was given by the current ISS Albania Director, followed byanother presentation by the former ISS Albania Director, in her new role as Deputy Director of the Social Services in Albania.

Both trainings were supported by the IRZ Foundation. For more information contact ISS Germany.

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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