General Secretariat

Protecting Children and Uniting Families Across Borders for 93 years

Bibliographical database

The ISS / IRC Information Unit collects information and documentation from all over the world. The data stored in the LIBRARY DATA concerns the protection of children who are abandoned or at risk of abandonment ; prevention of abandonment ; children cared for in institutions ; substitute family care and fostering ; domestic and intercountry adoption ; children's rights and adoption.

It includes relevant written and audio-visual documents : periodicals, professional journals, books, leaflets, manuals, written instruments designed for practice, training material, theses, research reports, green and white documents, media articles, video cassettes….

The documents may be consulted in views as follows :

All the information we have about the editor and the publisher of each document is included.

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