August 29, 2019
August 2019 Issue
Hosting a Delegation From Japan
International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) hosted a delegation from Japan on August 16 th in our Baltimore offices through a program coordinated by the World Trade Center Institute . The members of the delegation included four government officials and one professor working on issues related to the Hague Abduction Convention. Dr. Felicity Northcott and Elaine Weisman of ISS-USA met with the delegation to describe how ISS-USA provides intercountry case management and technical assistance on cases involving international parental child abduction. The ISS-USA staff explained how services such as international home studies, community resource assessments and post placement reporting can help ensure decisions are made in the best interest of the child and the placement of a child with his/her family is safe and sustainable. Additionally, the group discussed how international conventions are applied and interpreted in US courts, and ways in which the ISS network works with legal and social work entities to support and protect transnational families. 
Getting Together with the Baltimore International NGOs
Julie Rosicky (third from right), Executive Director of  ISS-USA , attended a meeting with the Baltimore International NGOs (BINGO) on Tuesday, August 27th. BINGO is committed to improving the lives of the World's most vulnerable through improved education, health, agriculture and immigration policy and practices. 

Thank you to  Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service  for hosting this event! 
Supporting A Family Visit in Mexico
Earlier this month, ISS-USA supported the visit of a group of siblings with their biological family in Mexico, including their parents. Social worker Arlene Laureano (top left) of New Jersey Department of Child Protection and Permanency accompanied the siblings to Mexico and worked with ISS-USA’s partner in Mexico, Karina Cortes (top right), to ensure the children could spend quality time with each parent. Karina accompanied each parent to the designated meeting place and worked with ISS-USA and Arlene to coordinate logistics for the trip. Congratulations to Karina and Arlene for facilitating a successful visit to Mexico and going above and beyond to make sure these children stay connected to their family!
TCS New York Marathon Runner Spotlight: Sam Jacobs
ISS-USA has been named an official charity partner of the TCS New York City Marathon . This month's featured runner is Sam Jacobs .

Sam is partnering with ISS-USA to run his 4th marathon this Fall. He came in contact with ISS-USA through his mother, Ambassador Susan Jacobs, and her work on international children's issues while serving under Secretaries Clinton and Kerry.

Jacobs believes that helping children in difficult circumstances is not just a worthy cause but an imperative of a civilized caring compassionate society.

To learn more about why Sam is running for Team ISS-USA or to donate to his campaign, visit his fundraising page .

To learn more about the services ISS-USA provides to vulnerable children and families separated by international borders, check out our services page.
ISS-USA Says Farewell to a Summer Fellow
On August 7th, we bid farewell to our Summer Sondheim Program fellow, Cameron. He has greatly contributed to our fund development and communications team this summer. He is now continuing on to complete his senior year at Mount St. Mary University and obtain his degree in International Studies and German.

Good luck, Cameron! Thank you for your hard work this Summer.
Join Us for a Live Chat on September 25!
Are you wondering what motivates charity runners? What sort of grit does it take to train for and run the TCS NYC Marathon for a good cause? Join us live on Facebook on Wednesday, September 25th at 1:00pm EST. 

Learn more about charity running teams and this unique way of fundraising in a motivating interview with one of our 2019 TCS NYC Marathon Charity Team runners, Bobby Harris! Bobby will complete the marathon this year on Nov 3rd.

Learn more about our charity team and why they are running the marathon with Team ISS-USA here .
Early Bird Registration Ends THIS Sat, August 31st!
ISS-USA's Beyond Separation: Protecting Cross Border Families Conference is a two day event co-hosted by the University of Maryland School of Social Work covering how legal, judicial, social service, and advocacy professionals share and implement best practices to protect the long term safety of cross-border children and families. Day one of the conference is a full-day training institute designed to skill-build on cross-border child welfare. Day two is a full day conference comprised of expert panels that explore planning for the safety of vulnerable children.

Register by August 31st to take advantage of our special early bird discount. For more information, please check out our event page .
Six year old Melissa was taken into care in Israel as a result of signs of neglect by her mother. Her father lived with her grandparents in Michigan and requested custody of his daughter. The ISS-USA case manager worked with our partner in Israel to provide the judge a home study on the paternal relatives in Michigan to ensure the home was safe, and a community resource survey to identify the educational, medical, recreational, religious and community supports that would be available to Melissa in the U.S. After a judge granted custody to Melissa’s father, ISS-USA helped coordinate travel and post placement follow up to make sure Melissa is enrolled in school, being followed by a pediatrician and adjusting to her new family environment. 

Learn more about our services for children and families .
Are you interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor for our Beyond Separation: Protecting Cross Border Families Conference this October? Visit our sponsorship registration page here for more information or contact Marie Blum, Fund Development and Communications Coordinator at with any questions.
Attention social workers in MICHIGAN, NEW HAMPSHIRE, IOWA, KENTUCKY and INDIANA: we want to hear from you!
ISS-USA is looking for social workers to complete occasional assessments with families in your state. We will provide you with guidance throughout the work and you will help us directly serve families who are seeking to care for their relative children in another state or country. Check out the description  here . Please contact Elaine Weisman at for more information.
The International Social Service Network is Recruiting!
International Social Service is recruiting new partners! Visit the ISS website for more information or email to express interest. Join our 90+ year old network of cross border experts!