August 10, 2018

ISS - USA and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families Sign Contract to Support Families Across State and Country Borders


Marie Blum, Fund Development and Communications Coordinator

International Social Service, USA



International Social Service - USA and the Connecticut Department of Children and Families Sign Contract to Support Families Across State and Country Borders


BALTIMORE, MD — International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) has signed a two-year, $450,000.00 contract with the State of Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) to allow ISS-USA to provide services to support permanency planning for children and families across state and country borders.

Building on the work ISS-USA has been providing Connecticut DCF through individual cases over the last five years, this contract will allow ISS-USA’s Intercountry Casework Team to provide additional case management services in:

  1. cases where the relative of the child(ren) is a non-custodial parent and the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) cannot be invoked. The ICPC is a contract among all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands providing for protection and support services for children moved between U.S. states for birth parent unification or reunification when the court has jurisdiction over the child;
  2. cases where the relative of the child(ren) resides in another country because they are in the military, retired, work abroad, or a foreign national;
  3. cases where the child(ren) seeks to be reunited with their family in another country;
  4. cases where the child(ren) has been separated from their parent due to immigration enforcement issue

"This contract will significantly decrease the amount of time it takes to complete services, allow family permanency decisions to be made quickly, increase the ability of families to participate in cross-border permanency planning, and increase the number of children recieving social services both in the U.S. and abroad,” said ISS-USA’s Director of External Partnerships and International Services, Dr. Felicity Sackville Northcott.

Founded in 1924, International Social Service has been providing cross-border services for over 90 years and is a global network operating in over 130 countries. International Social Service, USA is the U.S. member of this network; connecting vulnerable children, adults, and families separated by international borders to the services and support they need. 

The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) works together with families and communities to improve child safety, ensure that more children have permanent families, and advance the overall well-being of children. DCF protects children who are being abused or neglected, strengthens families through support and advocacy, and builds on existing family and community strengths to help children who are facing emotional and behavioral challenges, including those committed to the Department by the juvenile justice system.

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