- Psychological Assessment(Coordination)
Coordination of a clinical assessment completed by a licensed Psychologist to assess a potential caregiver’s ability to serve as an appropriate caregiver of that child.
- Reference Reports on Prospective Adoptive Parents
A write-up of interviews conducted with personal references of potential adoptive parents. The report is provided to the requesting social service agency or adoption agency. (This is a country-specific service.)
A package of services available for children who may be placed with relatives in a country of origin, or family’s country of origin.
Home Study: An assessment with caregivers and household members to assess the safety and suitability of caregiver’s home.
Community Resource Assessment: a community-specific report that identifies potential risks as well as local resources. The child-specific assessment can be used to support immigration cases, or to assess available community supports. If placement occurs, it forms the basis of a reintegration service plan.
Reunification and Reception Services:
Document tracing: Where applicable, support obtaining original documents from home country or supporting the process of obtaining travel documentation.
Travel Coordination: Support arranging travel to, and around, the foreign country for visitation or placement of a child. Includes local social work support to arrange family transportation for reception and initial reunification logistics.
Post Placement Services: The social worker will make regular visits to the home to report on the child’s adjustment, enrollment in services and other follow up as indicated in the reintegration plan.
Locating a family member to notify him/her of a family matter, including the placement of a relative child in care, termination of parental rights, re-establishing contact, or to assess their interest in moving forward with other ISS-USA services. (Additional referrals are required for further services, including Sharing Legal Documents, Home Studies, or Other services)
Sharing a variety of court documents such as Temporary Restraining Order, TPR or Notice of Child in Care.** If the person is found, the documents will be delivered to the person if they accept them. ISS-USA will provide confirmation of the date the documents were delivered. If additional documentation is required, please provide instruction to ISS-USA when making the referral. (Legal documents must be provided to ISS-USA in the person’s native language). **Serving documents in countries who are signatories to Hague 1965 requires a serving process through the appropriate Central Authority.
- Travel Coordination for Visitation or Placement
Coordination with the child’s case worker to arrange for travel to, and around, the foreign country for visitation or placement of a child. Includes guidance related to travel documentation and planning for time in country, and support from international partners. Includes coordination with family in country.
- Virtual Home Study/Post Placement
When an in-person assessment is not feasible or safe, a virtual assessment may be completed with permission granted by the requestor. Interview content will be the same as in-person assessments, but will be conducted via videoconference. A tour of the family home will also be completed virtually. (A virtual home study must be accompanied by an in-person home safety assessment once it is safe for all parties involved)
ISS-USA may be able to provide assessment or service support in other areas on a case-by-case basis. Services may be related to obtaining documents, completing assessments or coordinating specialized services.