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Protecting Children and Uniting Families Across Borders for 95 years

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Evaluation mission examples

 

ARMENIA ANG


This report is based on an independent assessment by ISS in 2015, commissioned by UNICEF Armenia and the Ministry of Justice of Armenia. It took place within the reforms projects launched by the Armenian authorities with a view to improve the child protection system and better integrate the 1993 Hague Convention principles in the adoption practice. The report includes a number of observations about the adoption situation in the country as well as makes diverse recommendations targeting key actors not only within Armenia, but also those outside including receiving countries, agencies and international organizations.

Available in English and French.

 UNICEF MOLDOVA

 

In 2014, ISS/IRC was commissioned by UNICEF Moldova and the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family (MLSPF) of Moldova. The mission report was released by UNICEF in 2018, and provides an overview on the assessment undertaken whose aim was to:

• Analyse the legal and policy framework related to domestic and intercountry adoption in view of international standards and good practices;
• Document, map and assess the existing practices related to domestic and intercountry adoption, with particular attention to best interests of the child, matching procedures, training of parents, pre-adoptive placement, efficiency of administrative and legal proceedings, monitoring domestic and intercountry adoptions, and implementation of existing laws, policies and procedures;
• Provide concrete recommendations to improve the practice around domestic and intercountry adoption, in particular regarding – but not limited to – matching procedures, pre-adoption services (including training of prospective parents) and post-adoption monitoring.

Available in English


 Syrie ANG

This report is based on an independent assessment by ISS in 2011, commissioned the Ministry pf Social Affairs and Labour of Syria. It examines the system in place at that time of alternative care in Syria in the light of the standards set up in the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children. In its mission report, ISS presents the findings of its field work, pinpointing the main needs to be met by the State to comply with international obligations and proposes a series of preliminary observations.

Available in English

COTE-IVOIRE-FR

At the request of the Ivorian adoption authorities, and thanks to the support of the French International Adoption Service, in March 2010 the ISS/IRC has carried out a mission to assess the Ivorian adoption system and identify the steps that need to be undertaken in view of a ratification of the 1993 Hague Convention. In its mission report, the ISS/IRC presents the findings of its field work and proposes a serial of recommendations aimed at advising the country on the adoption of preventive measures to avoid risks and guarantee adoption procedures in line with international standards.

Document available only in French

HAITI-ANG 


This report examines intercountry adoption practices in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. This report documents and reviews the vast range of responses and the exceptional measures implemented by some countries in expediting firstly, the transfer of cases (with an adoption judgment) as well as secondly, adoptions and other procedures (without a judgment). In the context of these exceptional measures, the principal objective of this report is to identify lessons to be learned from this situation in order to prevent future harm. It is not the intention of the report to denounce a particular country, but rather to provide an objective analysis of the fast-tracking measures implemented, against the backdrop of international norms.

Available in English and French

VIETNAM-ANG 


The report is based on an independent assessment by ISS in 2009, commissioned by UNICEF Viet Nam and by the Department of Adoption of the Ministry of Justice of Viet Nam. The main aims were to firstly identify and address problems in the adoption processes, with a view to assisting Viet Nam in its preparations to accede to the 1993 Hague Convention and secondly, review the new draft law on adoption, and propose any relevant amendments. The report includes a number of observations about the adoption situation in the country as well as makes diverse recommendations targeting key actors not only within Vietnam but also those outside including receiving countries, agencies and international organizations.

Available in English and French.

 

 

Resources developed with ISS network and other international organisations

 

Childrenonthemove 

ISS network has worked together to capture the essence of ISS casework and advocacy influence for children on the move (COM) in this practical guide for all professionals working with COM. The richness of this manual is that it is based on nearly 100 years of daily casework of ISS members and specific projects targeting this group of children in all regions of the world – from the initial contact with the child to the working towards a quality sustainable solution. The manual will also be significant in helping advocacy efforts to ensure that the child's rights are protected at each stage of the process – encouraging implementation of international standards as well as the Joint General Comments as well as work on Child Rights in the Global Compacts.

Available in English and Spanish.

Guidelines ANG 0001 

Since the approval of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, the continuing challenge has been their implementation. This handbook provides practical guidance on moving forward on the road to alternative care provision for children. It highlights implications for policy-making where national governments should provide leadership as well as provides links to what is already being effectively done on the ground. The handbook provides insight and encouragement to all professionals on what can feasibly be done in resource constrained contexts.

Available in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish.

For more information: www.alternativecareguidelines.org

International Family Mediation

 

 

MFI-Ang

 

 


 

Is a guide designed to familiarie the reader to the benefits of international family mediation addressing family conflicts, separation and divorce across borders as well as cases of international child abduction by a parent. The Guide primarily targets families confronted with such problems, but also professionals from the psycho-social and legal fields who work with these families.
The guide's content draws attention on how mediation is linked with the law and describes as well, with the help of many strong testimonials, the emotional impact that cross-border family conflicts can have on all family members. The Guide is a useful tool for child abduction prevention and is written in accordance with mediation practices and legislations of all countries, hence it is user friendly and can easily be read by interested families.

Available in Arabic, Bulgarian, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Publication for sale in English and French CHF 12.-

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Resources for adoptees and/or prospective adoptive parents

 

 ISS GuideOrigins ENG

This Guide is in the continuity of the Guide Intercountry adoption and its risks - A guide for prospective adopters: detailing and providing with concrete information on each and every stage of a search for origins process. Specifically, all phases are presented through a bipartite structure. On the one hand, the signals that adopted persons might encounter on their way. On the other hand, the danger signals are punctually complemented with the questions that adopted persons need to ask themselves, the central authorities or their accredited body to avoid risks.

Available in English, French and Spanish.

 Guide-Anglais

The Guide is a tool that takes prospective adoptive parents through the whole procedure, providing them with concrete information on each and every stage. Specifically, all phases are presented through a bipartite structure: on one hand, the signals that PAPs might encounter on their way and that indicate risks for potential malpractice. On the other hand, the danger signals are punctually complemented with the questions that PAPs need to ask themselves, the central authorities or their accredited body to avoid risks. Through this practical approach, the booklet provides parents with concrete advice on what to expect throughout the process and it concurrently offers them the possibility to acquire a correct perspective, the "protection angle" that is needed to ensure that intercountry adoption takes places solely in the child's best interest.

Available in English, French and Spanish.

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“Special Needs” children

 


ABETTERFUTUR ANG 

« A BETTER FUTURE IS POSSIBLE »: Promoting family life for children with disabilities in residential care (2016)
This practical Handbook for professionals offers:
1) A method and procedures to support political authorities and field actors involved in designing permanency planning for children with disabilities in residential care;
2) Practical tools for practitioners in charge of children with disabilities (grids for the observation of the child, case management tools, guidance on the preparation of the child to his/her new environment, etc.).

Available in English, French and Spanish


 ChildLifebook ENG

 

This tool offers a child friendly way to collect and keep all relevant information relating to the life story of the child (main stages of his or her development and progress, important life events) and is a tool for the professionals to address with the child sensitive issues (about his/her origins, the reason for the placement). The Lifebook is also a support for the preparation of the child to the life plan designed for him or her. A digital version of the Child Life book is in process and will be soon available.

Here is an excerpt from the book in English, French and Spanish.

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Older-Children 

The publication proposes an evaluation of the situation of older children's adoption and draws the principles to respect in order to ensure the best chances possible of
interviewing experts and professionals of its network. It also reviewed numerous publications on adoption of older children.

Publication for sale in English, French, Spanish and German CHF 10.-

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Publications

ISS has produced numerous publications on various issues relating to child and family protection. These documents provide up-dated information on legislation, practices and challenges relating to this subject including a critical analysis and relevant commentary. The publications are the result of comprehensive research relying on various sources of literature and resources. Numerous experts from the ISS/IRC network have also been consulted and their input represents a significant added value to the works.

These documents are published by ISS General Secretariat or external publishers. Any publication or part of the documents can be freely reproduced with the appropriate acknowledgement.

Permission to translate all or any part of those handbooks should be obtained from ISS.

Documents that can be accessed for free may be downloaded directly as indicated below. Hardcopies of documents, when available, are for sale may be ordered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adoption resources for professionals

Based on research and extensive experience in alternative care and adoption, ISS has decided to officially publish some of its resources by way of a new series. Each series is a small A5 publication that starts with comparing laws and policies, ending importantly with promising practices to facilitate implementation.

  • PRINCIPLE OF SUBSIDIARITY: ISS/IRC Comparative working paper 1, available in English, French and Spanish.
     
  • ACCESS TO ORIGINS: ISS/IRC Comparative working paper 2, available in English, French and Spanish.

 

                   Principle ANG                                ACCESS ORIGINS ANG

Study ACCP ChidrenCambodia

Capacity Development FamilySupport Cambodia

Two new reports from Cambodia were published in 2018: "Study on Alternative Care Community Practices for Children in Cambodia" and "Capacity development plan for family support, foster care and adoption in Cambodia 2018-2023". Both studies were commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY).


The first study, by UNICEF, USAID and Coraminternational, evaluates the different types of alternative care in Cambodia in order to assess the alignment on the implementation of the 2008 Minimum Standards of Alternative Care for Children.

The second study, a capacity development plan, by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference and ISS, aims to accelerate the child welfare reform in Cambodia.

Both studies will allow professionals to have a better view of the child situation in Cambodia and to implement effective measures for a better child protection.

Based on the Capacity Development Plan, ISS is currently working with two experts, to develop Guideline on the Procedures for Family Based Care.

Studies are available in English.

 HCCH 25 ANG

 At the occasion of the 1993 Hague Convention's 25th anniversary, the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference in association with ISS/IRC has published a brochure recalling the Convention's "basics" and providing an overview on accomplishments and areas to improve. The Brochure also recalls essential tools and publications developed by the HCCH and the ISS/IRC in view of ensuring the Convention's effective implementation.

It is thanks to collaborative efforts and the trust of the HCCH, Central Authorities and governmental organizations that the ISS/IRC is able to accomplish and continue its mission that is sharing information/promising practices in order to equip child protection professionals throughout the world.

The Brochure is available in English and French

ICABreakdowns image ENG

This new publication on intercountry adoption breakdowns aims at giving support to adoptees, adoptive parents, professionals from Central Authorities and from other competent authorities, and Adoption Accredited Bodies, in order to prevent and manage the crises, and even breakdowns, faced by adoptive families. Two messages are clearly set out in this manual. 1. Benevolent, professional, quality support can transform a crisis into an opportunity to reinforce relationships which have suffered from a series of personal and interpersonal factors. 2. Adoption breakdown is a painful process but it never signifies that a person's life is a failure.

Available in English, French and Spanish

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Illegal Adoption Professional Handbook ANG

 

 

This 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. The professional handbook does not, of course, purport to have an answer to every situation, but it does provide numerous avenues for dealing with feelings such as anger, grief, regret, disappointment and disillusionment when facing an illegal adoption – ideally providing some hope. Whilst the past cannot be changed, we live in the present with an opportunity to make the future brighter.

Available in English, French and Spanish

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MANIFESTO ANG

During the fourth Special Commission, ISS/IRC launched its Manifesto for Ethical Intercountry Adoption which, based on the guiding principles of the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, intends to promote ethical practices in order to protect the children better as well as anyone involved, and to ensure that intercountry adoption is a protection measure that is used only in the child's best interests. The Manifesto invites intercountry adoption stakeholders to reflect on the fundamental issues involved in adoption ethics. The considerations proposed are based on both applicable international standards as well as on multiple missions completed by members of the ISS/IRC team in countries of origin.

Available in English, French and Spanish.

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This study is based on data collected in relation to multiple cases of illicit activities related to intercountry adoption around the world over the last 50 years. This study aims to underline issues of concern surrounding an adoption procedure that are not necessarily and directly covered by the 1993 Hague Convention. Moreover, the publication thoroughly examines the theoretical and technical obstacles that hinder the protection of children against any form of trade in the context of intercountry adoption. Finally, the authors issue various recommendations in order to fight against these reprehensible practices.

Publication for sale in English CHF 15.-

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Sante-ang 0001

 

 

 As a follow-up to an initiative taken by the International Adoption Service (IAS) of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in France, and in collaboration with the latter, the ISS /IRC undertook a study on the place of child health in the adoption process. As the topic is vast, the study has focused on the measures implemented by receiving countries, given that their responsibility is particularly at stake in relation to this issue. The perspective of the countries of origin is also included thanks to contributions received from several of them. The study is organised according to the typical outline of an adoption procedure. Each part provides a synthesis of the results as well as the main conclusions, and offers suggestions designed to strengthen or improve the situation. At the end of the document, a factsheet summarises the suggestions formulated through the use of a good practice.

Available in English, French and Spanish.