October 26, 2016

Felicity Northcott and Ann Estin to Discuss International Cases at AAHHSA Conference

Baltimore, MD, (October 26, 2016) – Felicity Sackville Northcott, Director of External Partnerships and International Services, and Board Member Ann Laquer Estin, Aliber Family Chair in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law, will speak at The American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) (formerly AAPWA) Annual National Conference.

Felicity and Ann will speak during the session: Strategies for Resolving Cases Straddling International Borders. This panel will examine unique legal issues that arise during cross-border cases such as when one or both parents of a child who enters the foster care system live in another country, or when a U.S. citizen child returned from overseas must be placed in foster care. Felicity and Ann will discuss issues such as the availability of international judicial assistance, the obtaining of evidence and legalization of foreign documents, consular notification and the role of foreign consul, and how International Social Service USA and the global network can aid in resolving complex cross border cases. 

Felicity’s presentation will focus specifically on: Ensuring Due Diligence for Children in Domestic Foster Care: Best Practices In Cross Border Child Welfare. Felicity and Ann will be joined by Alan Hubbard, M.S., Consul for Protection and Legal Affairs, Mexican Embassy, and Megan Dittman, Attorney, Missouri Department of Social Services.
The AAHHSA Conference, which takes place from November 12-16, 2016 in Norfolk, Virginia, is designed for attorneys who represent a health or human service agency at the state or local level and delves into the most important issues facing human services and legal agencies today. The conference will look to advance policy and practice through the transformation and modernization of state and local health and human services programs while utilizing the experience and expertise of legal representatives. 
International Social Service, USA Branch is the U.S. member of a global child protection and social service network. International Social Service connects vulnerable children, adults, and families, separated by international borders, to the services and support they need.
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