As the year comes to an end, we naturally reflect upon all that we have accomplished, and all that we need to continue to strive for. We celebrate our victories and triumphs, no matter how big, or small, they may be. As we look forward to the New Year we commit to working harder to…Details
Comedian George Burns once quipped, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” As November begins and we move inexorably towards the holidays, and the concomitant stress too often associated with the crush of family, we may think to ourselves that George was right. The ubiquitous stereotype of the family argument…Details
The Need for a Child-Focused Social Service Response to the Growing Number of Unaccompanied Children Entering the U.S.
A recent article outlining the Obama administration’s proposed increase in funding to house unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. Mexican border there was not a single mention of the social service needs of these children. The proposed procedure is to “house” children in army, or air force, barracks while “… a search is conducted for family,…Details
Welcome to the International Social Service-USA branch’s blog, Family Routes. Each month we will write a blog post on a topic that is relevant to our work in particular or child welfare and child protection across borders in general. It is our hope that these timely and thoughtful posts will begin to raise awareness of…Details
Over the last few years, international surrogacy has continued to increase around the world. Today it is estimated that approximately 20,000 children are born through this specific mode of reproduction annually, and the numbers are expected to increase. The ISS global casework load is increasingly dealing with individual surrogacy cases but must work in the…Details
The purpose of this blog is to focus attention on current international child welfare and protection issues by bringing every conversation back to one central point: is this in the best interest of the child involved. Far too often family problems or legal domestic conflicts focus solely on how the adults involved are affected. The…Details
A NEW DAY A Reflection on Deann Borshay Leim’s film, In The Matter of Cha Jung Hee The 1960s were a dark time for intercountry adoptions. Although there were many well-intentioned parties, the absence of regulation and oversight opened the door to a wide range of questionable practices and dishonest behavior. As Deann Borshay Liem’s…Details
ISS-USA responds to a recent article in the New Yorker Magazine about the author’s experience with intercountry adoption from Haiti.
This article is an excerpt from Julie Rosicky’s keynote speech at the Joint Council on International Children’s Services National Conference.
The US annually conducts the largest number of domestic and in-bound intercountry adoptions of any country in the world. In 2008, approximately 150,000 children were adopted in, or to, the US. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adoption) However, there are 129,000 children with no permanent solutions languishing in our public child welfare system, and 24,000 children age out of care…Details