Hurricanes Eta and Iota: ISS-USA Connects with Partners in Honduras and Guatemala to Provide Critical Aid to Families in Central America

Central America has been hit by two major storms this month, hurricanes Eta and Iota, causing devastation to countries already suffering from weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whole villages have flooded causing destruction to roads, homes and the crops from which many derive their livelihood. Through the storms, ISS-USA’s partners in Honduras and Guatemala have…

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International Social Service, USA Kicks Off “Connecting Twogether” Campaign to Connect More Cross-Border Families

International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) kicked off its campaign Connecting Twogether this month to inform more people about the critical needs of vulnerable children and families moving across borders and to raise additional funds to serve more children and families in need.  The campaign name, Connecting Twogether, underscores the idea that it takes at least…

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Protecting Cross Border Families at our “Beyond Separation” Conference and Training Day

Protecting Cross Border Families at our “Beyond Separation” Conference and Training Day International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) hosted their 7thAnnual Conference, Beyond Separation: Protecting Cross Border Families, on October 17 th and 18 th , 2019 at the University of Maryland Baltimore. The conference drew participants and speakers from the fields of social work, international child protection, family and immigration law, human rights…

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Making Family Reunification Possible in the Midst of COVID-19: Utilizing Remote Assessments to Bring a Granddaughter Home

Making Family Reunification Possible in the Midst of COVID-19: Utilizing Remote Assessments to Bring a Granddaughter Home With Covid-19 on the rise, navigating the world virtually is becoming the norm. Don, a grandfather living in the United States is determined to obtain custody of his granddaughter in Australia, after her mother has been unable to…

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ISS-USA Presents Educational Webinar at University of Maryland School of Social Work

ISS-USA Presents Educational Webinar at University of Maryland School of Social Work On September 29th, ISS-USA Program and Training Manager Elaine Weisman and Intercountry Case Management interns Ericka Thompson and Sheila Winter gave a virtual presentation to students at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. They shared information about the organization, international social…

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Origins of Self-Discovery

Origins of Self-Discovery ISS coordinated Andrew Mossin’s adoption from Greece in 1959. Thirty-five years later, in 1994, Andrew contacted ISS to find information about his biological mother. ISS agents were able to contact his mother and provide a narrative of her life and how his adoption transpired. ISS social workers in Greece facilitated translated letters…

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ISS-USA Awarded Grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to Use Remote Assessments in Permanency Planning for Immigrant Children and Families

ISS-USA Awarded Grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to Use Remote Assessments in Permanency Planning for Immigrant Children and Families International Social Service, ISS-USA (ISS-USA) has received a $37,500 grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to support our project, “Promoting Permanency during the COVID19 Pandemic: The Use of Remote Assessments in Permanency Planning for Immigrant Children and…

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ISS-USA Welcomes New Board of Directors Member Alen Amini

ISS-USA Welcomes New Board of Directors Member Alen Amini Alen Amini is currently a management consultant at the Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit firm that provides advisory services to philanthropies and nonprofit organizations. He also currently serves as the executive director of Wisconsin Microfinance, an NGO based in Madison, Wisconsin that provides microloans to entrepreneurs in…

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