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Protecting Children and Uniting Families Across Borders for 90 years

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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 for 92 years

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    Protecting Children and Uniting Families Across Borders for 92 years

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    Protecting Children and Uniting Families Across Borders for 92 years

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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

Adoption of a historic resolution at the ISS IC in Melbourne, Australia

ISS Members recently participated at the ISS International Council to discuss emerging social challenges affecting children and families on the move. The necessity to collaborate as a network and further develop and expand well targeted individualized services addressing the complex needs of migrant families and children was also discussed in detail.
One of the outcomes of the IC was the adoption of a historic resolution, deciding unanimously for the membership expansion by giving the opportunity to more organizations adhering to ISS working principles, to join as members and actively participate in policy and decision making. The Secretary General, closed the meeting by stating that "ISS has taken the right decision in terms of membership structure. ISS is now better equipped to serve more and more children and families on the move and to serve better".

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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