Advancing Excellence in Practice and Policy: Highlighting Successful Strategies to Address the Needs of Children, Youth, and Families. Immigration Session. Washington D.C. (Felicity Northcott, Elaine Weisman, Ausias Orti Moreno, Speakers) (March 29, 2017).
This session addressed challenges, effective strategies, and best practices for culturally responsive services for unaccompanied children and refugee minors in three key areas: (1) outreach to and preparation of the sponsors to ensure effective care for and integration of the children; (2) working with those who enter child welfare; and (3) best practices and resources to ensure the protection of the children who are ordered or voluntarily decide to return home. View more information on CWLA's conference website.
The Symposium was hosted in part by the Centre for Early Childhood Development & Research, a collaboration between Jamia Millia Islamia and Save the Children India. Conference topics included the launch of the National Resource Center of Foster Care (NRCFC), as well as alternative care, family strengthening, adoption, foster care, and global standards and practices.
November 15, 2016:
The American Association of Health and Human Services Attorneys (AAHHSA) Annual National Conference
Strategies for Resolving Cases Straddling International Borders; Ensuring Due Diligence for Children in Domestic Foster Care: Best Practices In Cross Border Child Welfare. Norfolk, VA. (Felicity Sackville Northcott, Panelist) (November 12-16, 2016).
This session examined 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. Northcott, along with International Social Service Board Member Ann Laquer Estin, discussed issues such as the availability of international judicial assistance, obtaining 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. View the full program agenda on the AAHHSA Conference website.
October 13, 2016
International Social Service's 6th Annual Fall Conference
The Ties That Bind: Exploring the Causes and Consequences of Children Separated From Their Families Across International Borders, Baltimore, MD. (October 13, 2016)
International Social Service's 6th Annual Conference, co-hosted by the University of Maryland School of Social Work, focused 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 was examined within the context of an increasingly global world. More importantly, the conference concentrated on how legal, judicial and social service stakeholders can provide appropriate resources and share best practices to protect the safety, permanency and well-being of children.
September 27, 2016:
International Forum for Child Welfare’s WorldForum 2016
Panel on Child Labor/Slavery, Child Welfare NGO Leadership and Capacity Building: Thinking outside the box, Santa Fe, NM. (Julie Rosicky, Panelist) (September 27, 2016).
The child labor/slavery panel examined the diverse root causes of the problem of child labour and the systemic responses and good practices that have shown to be effective. To view more details, visit the conference program page.
July 21, 2016:Virginia Family Engagement Roundtable
Virginia Family Engagement Roundtable, Virginia Department of Social Services, Richmond, VA. (Elaine Weisman, Speaker) (July 21 2016).
This presentation revolved around how ISS-USA can assist in locating and engaging family members outside the United States in permanency planning for children in Virginia state care.
October 22-23, 2015:
Cross Border Child Protection Conference: Legal and Social Perspectives Towards a Better Protection of Children Worldwide
- "The Operation of the 1996 Convention in Practice: The Socio-Legal Dimensions of International Child Protection – An ISS Perspective”, Cross-border Child Protection Conference: Legal and social perspectives towards a better protection of children worldwide, Geneva, Switzerland, Hosted by ISS & the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. (Felicity Northcott, Panelist) (October 22, 2015).
- “The Way Forward: Promotion, development and monitoring of the 1996 Convention: Ideas and vision”, Cross-border Child Protection Conference: Legal and social perspectives towards a better protection of children worldwide, Geneva, Switzerland, Hosted by ISS & the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. (Julie Rosicky, Speaker) (October 23, 2015).
ISS-USA's 90th Anniversary National Celebration:
ISS-USA's 90th Anniversary National Celebration, Gold Room, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington D.C.(September 17, 2015). This commemorative celebration brought together organizations and individuals with an interest in ISS-USA's work and mission. Guests included members of Congress, Ambassadors, government representatives, and partners in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors.To learn more about our 90th event, please read our 90th event newsletter.
Our 90th Anniversary National Celebration was sponsored by:
Event photography was generously provided by Erin Marie Dey Photography, email@example.com.
Beer was generously provided by Trippin' Farm Brewery.
Wine was generously provided by Rob Reich, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.
September 19, 2014:
Cross Border Child Protection Conference: Legal and Social Perspectives Towards a Better
"Protecting Parental Rights and Promoting the Best Interest of Children During and After Immigration Enforcement", CWLA’s 2014 National Kinship Care Conference, Building Communities of Caring for Children and Families. (Felicity Sackville Northcott, PhD, Speaker) (September 19, 2014).