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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

ISS launches "Responding to illegal adoptions: A professional handbook"

Worldwide, more than half a million children have been adopted abroad and have become
adults. Today, many of them are searching for their origins, history, biological parents or extended family. At times, these searches can lead to findings of illegal practices.

International Social Service (ISS) with a group of experts, launches this resource for professionals working with individuals affected by an illegal adoption, offering hope from an otherwise gloomy reality. Responding to illegal adoptions: A professional handbook is structured around four main Chapters, each focusing on the potential responses available to a finding of an illegal adoption from a specific standpoint: legal, psychosocial, social and political. Personal testimonies are woven into the Chapters, highlighting the harsh reality, challenges and achievements of those most affected. Likewise, multiple promising practices illustrating initiatives to address potential difficulties successfully, creatively and sustainably, are provided.

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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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