International Social Service


ISS’ long journey of dedicated services since 1924

our story

Vision & Mission

Protect, defend, and support families separated as a consequence of cross border migration.

The International Social Service (ISS) founded in 1924; is now present in more than 120 countries and is a global actor in child protection, welfare, and uniting families across borders.

Find your local ISS office for access to our international network and information about how ISS can help your situation.

Summary of

What we do

Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Vietnam: ISS defends all children's rights, including those of children with disabilities, proposing to them a life project after having been placed in an Institution. The main purpose is to sensitize and to train professionals enabling them to offer children the opportunity to leave the institutions and to be re-integrated into a family based environment applying the right to live and to grow up within a proper family framework. With all the adequate resources, the project will be expanded in Mexico, Peru and Togo.

ISS develops targeted projects to launch and support the Institutionalisation of International family mediation - a project that started at the beginning of 2000 through Statehood Organisations such as the European Union and the Hague Conference on Private International Law.
ISS's project aims to disseminate information and raise awareness about mediation practice to solve cross border family conflicts and to facilitate the access for families to specialized mediators.
In 2014, the first guide on International Family Mediation was published to inform and accompany families and professionals is the launch pad of this global project.

In October-November 2022, the IRC has published Child Protection Country Reports for Benin, El Salvador, Paraguay, Sierra Leone, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom. Reports are available for selected subscribers. More countries will be covered in 2023.

ISS publishes a monthly newsletter offering an analysis of the latest developments in the field of adoption and protection of children without families. Each publication provides an information update on the evolution of laws and practices both at international and national level. For more information about publications, please check the dedicated section above.

  • better future
  • International family mediation
  • Child protection country reports
  • Research and publications

Examples of recent and current projects in our Network

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2020 - 2024 Strategic Priorities

Our current focus


Network Development & Training


Knowledge & Research Cloud


Artificial Intelligence to Social Work

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