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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

ISS strengthening international child protection policy

In June, ISS participated in the 9th European Forum on the rights of the Child in Brussels. ISS role and capacity as an international organisation, providing assistance for transnational cooperation to child protection authorities within the EU and with third countries, was clearly highlighted in one of the key Forum discussion papers presented by the Fundamental Rights Agency Mapping of child protection systems.

ISS was also a panel member and intervened in one of the sessions on "Effective procedures" in child protection in an international context. Participants appreciated ISS expertise related to international child protection cases in a cross-border setting relating to custody and child abuse, amongst others. Core activities related to cross-border family conflicts (parental responsibility, custody), child protection services, migration, and inter-country adoption (search for origins and birth families) were also presented. During this session, ISS pointed to gaps in the current Brussels IIa Regulation. These issues will also be discussed at the next ISS Cross Border Child Protection - International Conference taking place in Geneva between 21-23 October 2015.

ISS will continue playing an essential part in this international initiative strengthening child protection systems across the world.

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