ISS-USA October Newsletter
A message from our Executive Director
Dear Friends of ISS-USA,

This past month has been a busy one for us. Our 90th Anniversary Event was a great success. We were honored that so many wonderful people came to support ISS-USA and learn about our past and support us as we look ahead to a bright future.

Second, after 8 years in our current location, ISS-USA has made the decision to move offices. We are going just a few blocks away, which will bring us closer to other neighboring businesses and amenities in downtown Baltimore. We are excited about the opportunity to design a bright new office for our team of more than 20 staff, interns and volunteers, and to create a new work environment that celebrates our diversity and ability to collaborate. Stay tuned for more information as we prepare to be in our new space by the start of 2016!

Finally, I am thrilled to be heading to Geneva this week with Felicity Northcott, Director of External Partnerships and International Services. We will take part in the first of what we hope will be many conferences hosted by the ISS General Secretariat and the Hague Conference on Private International Law. The focus of the conference is the Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children. International law is critical to developing the guidelines by which decisions affecting children and families separated across borders must be made. In order to make good decisions, legal and judicial stakeholders around the world must have access to high quality social work services, provided in a timely manner, by local social work experts. This conference highlights the strengthening collaboration between the fields of international law and social work, and begins a necessary international dialogue about practical applications of international law across borders and disciplines. Stay tuned for more information after the conference. 

Best wishes,
Bob Miles, Board Member, Julie Rosicky, Executive Director, and Mary Mentaberry, Board Chair, present Congressman Cummings with the Fred Warburg Award
ISS-USA's 90th Anniversary Event

In case you missed our 90th Anniversary National Celebration on September 17th, check out our Commemorative Video or Facebook album for more photos. Thanks to everyone who joined us in celebrating 90 years of protecting, supporting, and reuniting children and families!

ISS-USA Signs Joint Letter Urging UN to Ensure SDG Indicators Count World's Most Vulnerable Children

Some of the world's leading children's organizations, including International Social Service, USA Branch Inc. (ISS-USA), have called on the UN to ensure that children living outside of families are monitored and counted as part of its global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The SDGs, in the document, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Global Action, will guide spending of billions of dollars in international assistance over the next 15 years.

In a joint open letter to the Inter-Agency Expert Group, children's NGOs and leading disability-rights organizations, have appealed to the UN to ensure that "children living outside of households and/or without parental care" are included in the monitoring framework. Other signatories include the Better Care Network, Child Fund Alliance, Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, J.K. Rowling's NGO Lumos, Global Alliance for Children, Hope & Homes for Children, Save the Children and SOS Children's Villages. The final set of indicators is expected to be completed by early 2016.

U.S. Senate Adopts the Kinship Care Month Resolution

The U.S. Senate designated September "National Kinship Care Month." This Resolution  encourages Congress to implement policies to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families, honors the commitment and dedication of kinship caregivers, and praises the advocates and allies who provide assistance and services to kinship care-giving families.  As a supporter of providing family-based care, and an advocate for vulnerable children and families, ISS-USA is pleased that this Resolution has been introduced.

To find out more about the Senate Resolution, please read the  Full Kinship Care Month Resolution
Cross Border Child Protection - International Conference in Geneva

The General Secretariat of International Social Service, in collaboration with the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, has organized a Cross Border Child Protection International Conference & Workshop in Geneva on October 21-23, 2015. The goal of this conference is to promote and strengthen the effective implementation of the Hague Convention of 1996 (HC-1996). This conference will reunite members of government, the legal sector, academia, and social practice, and facilitate dialogue on the socio-legal dimensions of child-protection. Felicity Sackville Northcott, PhD, Director of External Partnerships and International Services for ISS-USA, will present on two panels:  1) best practices in the cross-border placement of children and, 2) the vital role the ISS Federation plays in training individuals, lawyers, judges and government representatives on best practices in cross border child welfare and protection. Julie Rosicky, Executive Director, will be co-presenting the way forward for ISS on Friday. The conference registration has significantly surpassed room capacity and many ISS members are traveling from around the globe to collaborate.

For more information about the conference, please click here.
National Child Health Day 

On October 5th, ISS-USA celebrated National Child Health Day to promote the importance of supporting and protecting vulnerable children. On Child Health Day, we recommit to helping our children make healthy life choices and to providing them with the resources to lead happy and productive lives.

ISS-USA's 2014 Annual Report

We are pleased to announce the publication of our 2014 Annual Report. The report highlights our 2014 accomplishments, including the fact that we supported, protected, and reunited more than 3,000 people from 99 countries and all 50 states.

ISS-USA Helps Repatriate Vulnerable Adult with  Alzheimer's

ISS-USA helped bring an elderly, destitute American citizen with Alzheimer's disease back to Massachusetts from Venezuela. The man, who also reportedly suffered spousal abuse, experienced a physical emergency upon arrival at Miami International Airport. An ISS caseworker not only connected with the airport staff to ensure that a caseworker accompany the client to the hospital and back to the airport for a connecting flight, but also informed the hospital staff of the client's history and current situation, since the client was confused and experiencing delusions. Thanks to our caseworker, who was on the emergency phone line all evening, the client was accompanied by a mental health team to his final destination and who assisted in his resettlement and mental health treatment.

Learn more about our repatriation services here.

*Please note  all identifying  information  has been changed to ensure client confidentiality. 
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