Because we are…
ISS-USA cares about what is best for the individual we are providing services to. Learn what it means to this mother and son to be reunited after 50 years.
Learn how ISS reunited this mother with her son after 50 years!
Through the years, our mission has not changed, just the populations of people we serve. ISS has worked tirelessly to find child-centered, durable solutions through cross-border family reunification of American and non-American children separated from their families between the U.S. and over 100 countries around the globe.
ISS-USA is partnering with Evident Change to re-think how we use data for equity! While we work on our approach and how we measure equity, some fun facts about the staff of ISS-USA.
85% are amazing women of color!
30% have lived in another country!
43% speak English and at least one other language fluently!
100% are women
Over the past 25 years, ISS-USA assisted HHS to provide services to thousands of American citizen adults, children and families evacuated from countries abroad during earthquakes, hurricanes, a global pandemic and armed conflicts.
When social workers could not meet their clients face to face during the pandemic, ISS-USA developed both practice and training on how to conduct assessments remotely.
ISS does not send U.S. social workers overseas, or run overseas programs, we PARTNER with local social work organizations and social workers in 130 countries around the globe and in the United States!
The average person returning to the U.S. from another country is repatriated within 20 days or so from referral. We are able to secure the majority of home studies in foreign countries within 60 days.
While intercountry adoption continues to decline, parents are seeking other ways of family formation. ISS advocates and educates on how to protect the best interest of children through assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy.
Despite divided views on immigration, ISS finds solutions that are BEST for children, adults and families. Click here to learn more about our return and reintegration work in Guatemala and Honduras and future expansion of this program.
While our services cost money, the reunification of a child with family means that the state will no longer be funding foster care and all the services associated with a child remaining in out of home care.