September 27, 2018
September Issue
International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) is proud to unveil a new website to go along with their new logo and tagline. Click here to explore the new website, refer a case, and/or learn more about ISS-USA's work to reunite families all over the World!
Friends of ISS-USA Kickoff Dinner in Washington, DC

On Thursday, September 6th, ISS-USA hosted an event for ISS-USA friends and supporters at DC Noodles Restaurant in Washington, DC. Thank you to all who attended this delicious and informative event. We enjoyed sharing our mission with you and look forward to working with you in the future.
Stacey Floam Joins the ISS-USA Board of Directors
ISS-USA is excited to welcome Stacey Floam as the newest member of their Board of Directors.

Ms. Floam is a Senior Compliance Manager at T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. She manages the regulatory compliance program for Global Investment Management Services in North America, focusing on FINRA and SEC rules and regulations. She also coordinates with International Compliance on certain global compliance matters. Ms. Floam has been with T. Rowe Price for nearly 11 years, holding various roles in both compliance and risk management capacities. Prior to T. Rowe Price, she worked at SunTrust Banks, Inc., holding roles in the leasing department and branch. Ms. Floam has a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration from Stevenson University and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from University of Baltimore.
New Fall Interns
Arielle (Ari) Stockbridge is ISS-USA's new Community Action Social Policy (CASP) Intern. Her work at ISS-USA will be split between Intercountry Case Management and the ACH Institute; working on grants, fundraising, and research. Ms. Stockbridge is currently a Master’s International student at University of Maryland, Baltimore and recently returned from serving with the U.S. Peace Corps as a Community Youth Empowerment Specialist in Fiji. Living in a rural outer island, she learned to speak Fijian.

Prior to her tour in Fiji, Ms. Stockbridge was a MSW intern at Project PLASE in Baltimore. She received her BSW from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Outside of work and school, Ms. Stockbridge is passionate about playing piano, practicing yoga, traveling and cooking.
Elizabeth Schaeffer is one of ISS-USA's Fund Development and Communications interns. She is a recent graduate of West Virginia University (WVU), where she earned a degree in advertising. She gained experience in communications after a recent position at a local business, and as part of a media relation’s team for a larger corporation. She also works in the food service industry. In her free time, Ms. Schaeffer enjoys photography, reading novels and listening to music. She looks forward to being a part of ISS-USA this semester.
Morgan Drayton joins Ms. Schaeffer as a Fund Development and Communications intern. She is a recent graduate of Salisbury University, where she earned a B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in Europe. Post-grad, she gained experience working with children and families across borders as a paralegal for an immigration law firm, and spent six months as a political research intern for a Maryland State Senatorial campaign.

She is currently a first-year law student at the University of Baltimore, aiming to concentrate in either immigration or education law. Outside of work and school, Ms. Drayton enjoys traveling, writing, cheerleading, and gymnastics. She looks forward to this semester with ISS-USA.
Casework Corner: Reuniting Long-Separated Sisters

ISS-USA recently received a referral from our partner in Colombia*, regarding two sisters who had been separated when they were internationally adopted by different families in the 1980s. One of the sisters remembered she had a birth sibling, and reached out to our partner in Colombia to find her.

ISS-USA was able to locate her sister within the United States and reached out to her to ask if she wanted to be reunited. She was overjoyed and the two have since been put in touch with each other. The sisters told ISS-USA they are thrilled to be reunited and have been waiting for this moment their entire lives.
*names and locations have been changed for privacy reasons

September Blogs
Check out ISS-USA's most recent blogs on Kinship Care and #GivingTuesday
As the holiday season brings cash flowing to retail businesses, our supporters can help the children and families we serve thanks to #GivingTuesday , a global day for giving. 

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. 
Upcoming FREE Six-Week Online Course: Getting Care Right for All Children: Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children
If you work for children who are at risk of losing parental care or children already in alternative care, join this free online alternative care training course created by the  International Social Service General Secretariat and their partners.

This training was developed by leading international agencies and experts working in child protection. The course runs in English, French and Spanish and begins on Oct 1. For more information, click here .
We are pleased to share research recently completed by our colleagues at ISS UK .

Their studies into the safeguarding of children in need of protection who travel abroad shows there is great variation in the way cases are handled, and better guidance is needed about effective safeguarding procedures in international cases, as delays in issuing child protection alerts are placing children at increased risk.
ISS UK is calling on the UK Government to update and clarify its guidance to local authorities on their responsibilities and practices to reduce the risk to children in such cases. All three reports have been produced with the support of a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Looking for an Exciting New Position?

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