September 8, 2016

International Social Service to Host 6th Annual Conference on Child and Family Welfare

Baltimore, MD, (September 8, 2016) – International Social Service’s 6th Annual Conference, The Ties That Bind: Exploring the Causes and Consequences of Children Separated From Their Families Across International Borders, will be co-hosted by the University of Maryland School of Social Work. The conference will focus on the legal and human rights of children separated from their biological families across international borders. From long-standing methods including international adoption and international parental abduction, to emerging issues like international surrogacy and the movement of unaccompanied minors, the impact of denying children access to their biological families will be examined within the context of an increasingly global world. More importantly, this event will concentrate on how legal, judicial and social service professionals can provide appropriate resources and share best practices to protect the safety, permanency and well-being of children, while developing networks to improve understanding of cross-border child welfare and protection.

There will be four panel discussions about the following cross-border topics: (1) Taken: International Parental Abduction, (2) Broken Bonds: The Re-homing of Adopted Children, (3) Children Alone: Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors, and (4) Biology and Family: Regulating Reproductive Technologies and Protecting the Rights of the Children.

To register and to find additional information about notable speakers on each panel, visit our conference website page.

The conference is made possible by the following sponsors: University of Maryland School of Social Work, Tait Weller, Miles & Stockbridge Foundation, Inc., Wittig Associates, Maestral International, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, RIK Productions, and Michelle Montgomery Photography.

The University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Office of Continuing Professional Education is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program. This training qualifies for six Category I continuing education units.

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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