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April 2009Vol. 10, No. 3International Social Services

Families and professionals who have child welfare needs that straddle national borders may find help through International Social Service (ISS). ISS is a nonprofit social service agency whose mission is to improve the lives of children, families, and adults who are affected by migration and international crises. ISS is composed of a cooperative, international network of more than 150 branches, affiliated bureaus, and correspondents; its General Secretariat is in Geneva, Switzerland.

ISS services include:

  • Certifications
  • Child welfare checks
  • Home studies
  • Mediation assistance (available mid-2009)
  • Protective service alerts
  • Repatriations
  • Searches, including background checks and birth and death certificates
  • Tracings to find relatives or birth families

ISS recently launched a new online newsletter, ISS-USA Today! Access the first issue here: (1,431 KB)

For more information, visit the ISS-USA website: