ISS/Casework Services - ISS SSI

By: Iss Ssi  09-12-2011
Keywords: Counselling, Adoption, Service And Support

Crossing borders in service and support of children and families

ISS services are provided to family members who are separated by international borders.

Field of competence Services
Family conflict
  • Counselling
  • Psycho social support in resolving intercultural difficulties and conflicts relating to parental and visiting rights, guardianship, placement of children with extended family, parental responsibility, etc.
  • Mediation
Family reunification
  • Social evaluation of individual family members with a view to possible reunification
  • Psycho social and administrative support throughout the process of reunification.
Child Abduction
  • Locating and obtaining information on the welfare of the abducted child;
  • Assistance in re-establishing contact between the abducted child and the parent deprived of access;
  • Social report on the living environment of the child and family;
  • Counselling on legal rights
Alternative care
  • Social assessment on extended family members as potential future carers in order to assist in decisions regarding the most appropriate solution for the child.
International Adoption
  • Adoptability assessment of the child and his/her living conditions
  • Home study on prospective adoptive parents living outside their country of origin;
  • Social assessments on family members in respect of a proposed relative adoption;
  • Counselling of biological parents and, if appropriate, obtaining their consent to the adoption;
  • Post adoption evaluations;
  • Transmission of reports to the appropriate national authorities;
  • Advocacy on behalf of the best interests of the minor concerned.
Search of origin
  • Assistance in tracing biological family members living abroad
Unaccompanied minors
  • Counselling and assistance to minors in the receiving country;
  • Locating family in the country of origin and helping to re-establish contact;
  • Providing social reports on the family situation in the country of origin;
  • Advocacy on behalf of the best interests of the minor concerned;
  • In cases of return to the country of origin, preparation and follow up of the child and family.

Keywords: Administrative Support, Adoption, Biological Family, Biological Parents, Counselling, Family Reunification, Home Study, international adoption, Mediation Family, Service And Support,

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