April 30, 2019
April 2019 Issue
Providing Expertise on Child-Sensitive Return and Reintegration at UNICEF
Julie Rosicky, Executive Director of International Social Service-USA (ISS-USA) (above left) and Olivier Geissler, Executive Director of ISS Switzerland (above right), represented the International Social Service (ISS) network at an expert "Child-Sensitive Return and Reintegration" workshop on March 1, 2019 at UNICEF . Above they are pictured with Mark Greenberg (middle) from the ISS-USA Board of Directors, who was also attending the meeting.

During the workshop, Mr. Geissler and Ms. Rosicky shared how ISS' experience in transnational case management and social work are necessary components to implementing quality sustainable solutions for children and families.

The ISS Children on the Move Manual was promoted as a framework to guide professionals and governments to more appropriately address the needs of children and families impacted by migration. See the Children on the Move Guide here.
Strengthening Families From A Global Perspective with CWLA
On April 12, 2019, ISS-USA's Program and Training Manager, Elaine Weisman, participated in the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)’s special global session, Strengthening Families: Moving to a Global Perspective. The roundtable session highlighted promising practices in child welfare from around the world. ISS-USA’s presentation, Developing a Globally Relevant Case Practice Model: International Family Finding and Engagement, emphasized the need for additional training and resources for domestic child welfare systems, so they can meet the needs of children with international family connections.

With one in four children in the U.S. having at least one immigrant parent, there are thousands of overseas relatives left out of permanency planning due to their location. The presentation underscored ISS-USA’s case practice model as a best practice in global child welfare to ensure that all children, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin, have the opportunity to find family permanency.
Thank You For Your Support. You Made Our Community Thrive!
To those who recently contributed, thank you so much for making our A Community Thrives Charity Challenge Campaign a huge success. Thanks to our donors, we raised a total of $4,960.00 for reintegrating families.

The donations we received will provide essential support and assistance to nearly 40 vulnerable children and their families, who have been impacted by a border separation.

ISS-USA is only able to provide aid and assistance to cross-border families each year because of our supporters.

If you would like to contribute to our Reunification and Reintegration Project, click here .

ISS-USA In the Media: The Dangers of Child Separation

ISS-USA's Program and Training Manager, Elaine Weisman, was recently quoted in the Huffington Post's article, Family Separation Has Scarred These Kids For Life . Regarding outcomes for children who had been separated from their parents at the Southern U.S. border for long periods of time, Ms. Weisman stated, “There are real long-term consequences in developing brains. There are going to be lasting effects on a generation of kids and young people.”

Read the full article here.

Find out more about ISS-USA's efforts, in partnership with Lumos , to reunify and reintegrate Guatemalan children who have been separated from their parents.

ISS-USA has been selected as an official charity partner for the TCS New York City Marathon 2019 on November 3, 2019. If you are a runner or know a runner interested in running the marathon for donations to benefit cross-border children and families, visit our website for more information or email Marie Blum, Fund Development and Communications Coordinator.
You can still tune in to our Ensuring Family Safety and Stability Across Borders live chat! Join members of the ISS-USA staff as they review common questions, misconceptions and solutions related to international child placements. ISS-USA Intercountry Case Managers use case examples to show the negative consequences of insufficient preparation for placement cases and highlight best practices to ensure the child's long term safety and stability.
Thank you, Ari and Morgan!
Morgan Drayton (bottom left), Fund Development and Communications Intern, and Arielle (Ari) Stockbridge (top left), Community Action Social Policy Intern,  finished their internships with ISS-USA in April 2019. They will be greatly missed by the entire staff.

Ms. Stockbridge is completing her master's in social work (MSW) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in May 2019 and hopes to work abroad after graduation.

Ms. Drayton is currently working towards her law degree at The University of Baltimore and will be completing a legal internship in the Summer of 2019.
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