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Welcome to ISS

International Social Service (ISS) is a global network assisting families, children and single adults with social problems across international borders.

As an international not for profit organisation, we’re active in more than 100 countries worldwide through our network of members.

Each year, we provide services to more than 50,000 people around the world.

One of the most challenging issues of the 21st century is movement across borders, as a result of international migration, displacement or other factors.

This makes ISS’s services highly relevant in today’s world. Some of our key areas of activity include:

  • International family conflicts
  • Alternative care
  • Voluntary or forced migrations
  • International surrogacy and donor conceived persons

If you, or someone you know, is seeking assistance with issues such as these, ISS may be able to help.

Please contact the ISS member in your country in the first instance – go here for contact information.

The ISS network is coordinated by a General Secretariat (GS) based in Geneva. More information on ISS can be found on the GS’s website at www.iss-ssi.org.

Mission

ISS is an international network of non-profit organisations, composed of professional staff and specialised volunteers, committed to preserving, establishing or re-establishing the links between family members in an international context.

ISS is dedicated to finding solutions for the protection of unaccompanied minors, neglected and abandoned children, family searches, reunification and repatriation, legal assistance, individual counselling and ensuring that the needs and rights of its beneficiaries are respected.

Areas of Intervention

International family conflicts

Family separation prevention

Issues concerning child protection in family separation (Custody / visiting rights and maintenance payments, etc.)

Child abduction

Alternative care

Foster care

National and intercountry adoption

Search of origin

Voluntary or forced migrations

Protection and care of Unaccompanied or separated minors in the countries of origin and receiving countries.

International surrogacy and donor conceived persons

Development of advocacy strategies, research and fundraising activities in order that this subject be addressed quickly at the international level.

Seeking Assistance or Making a Referral

If you, someone you know or someone you are working with needs assistance with these issues, please contact the ISS network representative in your own country (see list). They will then refer the matter to the relevant ISS network member overseas. ISS network members do not accept referrals made from overseas without the involvement of the ISS member in that country.

Members

ISS Members are located around the world.

Americas

Anguilla

Antigua

Aruba

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Bermuda

Bolivia

Brazil

Canada

Cayman Islands

Chile

Colombia

Costa Rica

Cuba

Dominica

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

El Salvador

Grenada

Guatemala

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

Jamaica

Mexico

Nicaragua

Panama

Paraguay

Peru

Puerto Rico

St Lucia

St Vincent & Grenadines

Trinidad

Turks & Caicos Islands

Uruguay

USA

Venezuela

Europe

Albania

Andora

Austria

Azores

Belarus

Belgium

Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bulgaria

Croatia

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Estonia

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Kosovo

Latvia

Lebanon

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macedonia

Malta

Moldova

Monaco

Montenegro

Netherlands

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

Turkey

United Kingdom

Africa

Algeria

Angola

Benin

Botswana

Brazzaville

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Central Africa

Congo

Congo - Kinshasa

Djibouti

Egypt

Eritrea

Gabon

Gambia

Ghana

Guinea

Ivory Coast

Kenya

Lesotho

Liberia

Madagascar

Malawi

Mali

Mauritania

Mauritius

Morocco

Mozambique

Namibia

Niger

Nigeria

Reunion

Sao Tome & Principe

Senegal

Seychelles

Somalia

South Africa

Sudan

Tanzania

Togo

Tunisia

Uganda

Yemen

Zambia

Zimbabwe

Asia / Pacific

Armenia

Australia

Azerbaijan

Bangladesh

Brunei

Cambodia

Fiji

Georgia

Hong Kong

India

Indonesia

Iran

Japan

Jordan

Kazakhstan

Korea

Kuwait

Laos

Malaysia

Mongolia

Myanmar

Nepal

New Zealand

Pakistan

Palestine

Philippines

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Singapore

Sri Lanka

Syria

Thailand

Tonga

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

Uzbekistan

Vietnam

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