October 30, 2018
October Issue
International Social Service's "Children on the Move Guide" is Now Available in Spanish

Children on the Move – a guide of best practices to aid those working with migrating children and families – is now translated into Spanish and available for free distribution. English and Spanish versions can be found on the publications page of the ISS-USA website.

The 120-page guide recommends step-by-step procedures, from assessing the child’s health and wellness needs, to determining quality care arrangements in the host country, to establishing a sustainable solution in the best interest of the child. The manual specifically outlines the intake questions workers should ask, the clinical assessments that need to be made, and offers guidance in minimizing the long-term trauma caused by lengthy separations.

This translation was made possible in collaboration with International Social Service General Secretariat , The Jessie Ball duPont Fund , and Saint Francis Ministries .

Niños y Niñas en Situación de Migración, una guía, está ahora traducido al español y disponible para su distribución a entidades que trabajen para salvaguardar a los niños migrantes y prevenir cualquier trauma adicional debido a las separaciones familiars. Las versiones en inglés y en español de Niños y Niñas en Situación de Migración pueden ser encontradas en aquí .

Our 2017 Annual Report Is Now Available!
2017 was a busy year at International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA)!

In 2017, ISS-USA opened 894 cases, provided social work and legal training for over 1,500 professionals, and connected 1,150 children and adults to social services all over the World. View the  2017 Annual Report: Kids Are Waiting, We are Responding , and learn more about projects and programs in 2017.
New Guide for Consular and Embassy Staff
ISS-USA ’s Guide for Consular and Embassy Staff on Cross Border Child Welfare outlines the resources available to consular staff to support their citizen children in state or federal protection programs, assist families looking to reunify, and protect vulnerable adults. See the full guide on our website .
Dr. Allison Blake Joins the ISS-USA Board of Directors
ISS-USA is excited to welcome Dr. Allison Blake as the newest member of their Board of Directors.

Dr. Blake has more than 30 years of experience serving children and families. She is a senior fellow with the Annie E. Casey Foundation , where she works with states to implement the new Family First Prevention Services Act . Previously, Dr. Blake served as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Under her leadership, the department successfully implemented an integrated, strategic approach to delivering child welfare services. This approach promoted evidence informed, community-based services to support parents and youth. Dr. Blake also led New Jersey’s efforts to significantly expand community partnerships to prevent child abuse and strengthen families. She previously served as director of the Institute for Families at Rutgers University School of Social Work and vice president of accreditation operations at the Council on Accreditation. Dr. Blake earned a master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University and a doctorate from Fordham University. She is a member of the National Board of Directors of the Child Welfare League of America.
New Fall Intern
Alanna Hays is ISS-USA's new Intercountry Case Management Intern. Her time at ISS-USA will be spent doing case management and working on research projects with the Arthur C. Helton (ACH) Institute. Ms. Hays is currently a Global Affairs and Human Security Master’s student at the University of Baltimore and has a B.A. in Geography with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH.
Ms. Hays recently completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington, DC working as a Communications and Outreach Coordinator at Family & Youth Initiative, a small nonprofit serving teenagers in foster care. In her spare time, Ms. Hays is a volunteer English tutor for a student living in Syria with Paper Airplanes and continues to volunteer with Family & Youth Initiative.
Casework Corner: Marco Reunites With His Father

More than a year ago, an investigation uncovered that 4-year-old Marco was brought to the U.S. from Guatemala by his mother without his father’s permission. His father was distressed and missing him. After a careful examination of the circumstances, a judge ordered that Marco must return to his father in Guatemala.

International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA)  took on the case. An ISS-USA caseworker accompanied Marco on his return home to his father. On the plane, Marco spoke excitedly about seeing his father, family, and his friends in Guatemala.

During the family's reunification, Marco's father and extended family greeted him at the airport with kisses and hugs. They could not wait to get Marco home. 

You can help more children like Marco reunite with their family by  supporting ISS-USA .
*names and locations have been changed for privacy reasons

October Live Chat
Check out ISS-USA's recent UN Day Live Chat: Developing Global Perspectives on Child Welfare . Apologies for the technical issues!
#GivingTuesday  is less than one month away and YOU can help keep families together this holiday season!

ISS-USA is participating in #GivingTuesday and you can join the movement. Donate to ISS-USA between now and November 27th, and give the gift of family this holiday season. Don't forget to share the news of your donation on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag, #GivingISSGood .
AmazonSmile Ramps Up Donations
Today through November 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to  ISS-USA  when you shop at  smile.amazon.com/ch/13-2720500 . Give the gift of family as you shop this holiday season. 
Looking for an Exciting New Position?

International Social Service-USA is hiring independent social work consultants! Check out our  careers page  for information.