A 1-Year Update from the ISS Network
February 24th, 2024 marks the tragic 1-year anniversary of the war in Ukraine. Please join us in advocating for peace for the tens of thousands that have lost country, family and their childhood to an unwarranted war in the 21st century. Below is a link to a statement from the ISS network.
ISS NETWORK STATEMENT 2/24/2023
Joint Statement on Forced Deportation and Adoption
We are deeply concerned by reports that many children displaced by the war in Ukraine have been forcibly transferred to other Russia-occupied territories or deported to Russia and placed in Russian foster and adoptive families, given Russian nationality and separated permanently from their families, communities, and country.
We condemn these practices and urge all parties involved in the conflict to respect international laws and standards that are there to protect children in conflict and other emergencies.
Ukraine Crisis Calls for a Network of Support
For 98 years, International Social Service (ISS) has worked shoulder to shoulder as a global network in 130 countries to protect children, adults and families separated by borders. Throughout our history, we have been called upon to provide services in world wars, conflicts and humanitarian disasters, and we have done so with objectivity, neutrality, and with the primary goal of acting in the best interest of children. As the armed conflict unfolds in Ukraine, the ISS network is prepared to advocate for children and families, provide services where needed as families cross borders, and ensure that both in the short and long term, children remain or are reunited with families, they are protected, and there are durable solutions for children to reach their full potential.
All children have the right to life and survival – we must protect them.
What You Need to Know:
Latest Information About Child Protection:
KEY CONSIDERATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: Responding to Children’s Care in the context of the Ukraine Crisis
Ukraine Crisis Factsheet:
- NGO Joint Statement: Key recommendations to uphold the rights of Ukrainian children deprived of family care.
- Children from Residential Care Arriving in Other Countries
- Ukraine Custody Care System
ISS Operations Briefs:
What You Can Do:
The International Social Service’s global network works for the protection of children and families affected by the armed conflict in Ukraine. Your donation goes directly to the ISS Network to help our partners working with separated Ukrainian families. Please specify donations as Support for Ukraine.
Give globally with:
General Secretariat Moldova* United States Canada Romania
National Authorities’ Contacts for People Fleeing Ukraine
If you are a Ukrainian citizen, or a resident in Ukraine, coming to the European Union click here to find key information about which authorities to contact for temporary protection and applying for international protection.
Information Concerning Unaccompanied Children from Ukraine:
Questions? Please contact Julie Rosicky, CEO of International Social Service-USA at [email protected].