April 30, 2020
April 2020 Issu e
International Social Service-USA (ISS-USA) Hosts Virtual Casework Coordinator's Meeting
On Tuesday April 21st, ISS-USA hosted a virtual Casework Coordinators’ (CC) meeting. The Casework Coordinators (CCs) are the designated supervisors for all intercountry case management within the International Social Service (ISS) global network. The group was scheduled to meet in Madrid for three days this month, but had to cancel due to the pandemic. The meeting included 27 CCs from 24 countries, and was honored by the presence of the President of the ISS Governing Board, Susan Jacobs, and the ISS Secretary General, Jean Ayoub.

Each CC took a few minutes to discuss their capacity to continue providing social services and gave updates on the conditions in their home country. Despite the global crisis, every country was doing their best to find creative ways to continue providing social services for vulnerable children and families separated by state and national borders.

The meeting was such a success that the CC group will now meet once every two months to continue moving cases forward.
ISS-USA's Takes Part in #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, 2020
#GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

ISS-USA is taking part in #GivingTuesdayNow as we continue our interstate and cross border work to connect vulnerable families and provide them with vital social services, despite closed borders and shelter-in-place restrictions.

We are currently able to use remote technology to prepare families for reunification when travel is safe again, assist thousands of U.S. citizens who are stranded overseas with their return home, and mobilize our network in over 120 countries to keep people connected to their loved ones as they experience prolonged separations.

Our #GivingTuesdayNow goal is to raise $2,500 so we can continue this work throughout the pandemic. We encourage you to donate , then promote your good deed on social media by using the hashtag #CreativityinCrisISS.

To learn more about the importance of #GivingTuesdayNOW, read our full press release as we look forward to May 5th.
ISS-USA is Taking on New Cases Remotely
ISS-USA believes that being creative in a crisis will allow more cases to move forward even when we cannot be physically present. 

ISS-USA has developed guidelines for conducting remote assessments, including home studies, community surveys, and post-placement reports. If you have cases that need immediate attention, please send a referral to us at question@iss-usa.org or refer the case on our website

If you would like additional information about our process, please email Dr. Felicity Sackville Northcott, Director of External Partnerships and International Services, at  fnorthcott@iss-usa.org
Check Out Our April Blog: What if ISS-USA Ceased to Exist?
What would be different for the thousands of children and families International Social Service (ISS) and ISS-USA have served since 1926, if we did not exist? Check out our latest blog to find out.  
ISS-USA Selected as Official Charity Partner for the TCS New York City Marathon 2020
ISS-USA  has been accepted as an official charity partner for the  TCS New York City Marathon  on Nov 1, 2020 and has  five guaranteed entries  available for runners interested in raising funds for our cause. If you are a runner or know a runner interested in running the marathon for donations to benefit cross-border children and families, please email  Marie Blum, Senior Development and Communications Officer.

Here is a link to our website where runners can get basic information about Team ISS-USA. Thank you and we hope you can join us in running the marathon to benefit vulnerable children and families! 
Casework Corner: Lizeth
8-year old Lizeth* was living in the U.S. in terrible conditions. She was being abused by her mother and stepfather, who would not allow her to go to school. It was then discovered that her mother sent her back to El Salvador* with a woman she didn't know, and Lizeth's whereabouts went completely unknown.

ISS-USA took on the case and with the help of our in-country partners in El Salvador, were able to do a remote tracing and find Lizeth, who has been living with her grandmother and attending school.

Lizeth's grandmother, Doña Torres, who wishes to have custody of her, will participate in a wellness check so all parties are certain that Lizeth remains safe in the future.

To refer your interstate or cross border case to ISS-USA, fill out our online referral form.
Attention social workers in OHIO 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 Felicity Sackville Northcott at fnorthcott@iss-usa.org 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 cooperation@iss-ssi.org to express interest. Join our 90+ year old network of cross border experts!