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International Social Service (ISS) Australia provides social work, legal and mediation services to families and children across international borders. Our services include assistance for families experiencing international parental child abduction, support on intercountry adoption, family tracing and reunification, international family mediation, and facilitating kinship care and other child welfare matters. We are the independent Australian arm of the ISS network, spanning over 130 countries worldwide. We receive government funding for some services, but rely on fees, donations and other income to continue providing the full range of our services.

Latest News

September 2018 newsletter now available

ISS Australia’s occasional newsletter is distributed to our mailing list, which you can subscribe to by clicking the “Subscribe” button anywhere on this site. For our Sept. 2018 edition, please click below.


CFAB (ISS UK) publishes new research papers

ISS Australia’s counterpart in the UK, Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB), has just published important new research into international child and family-related cases. Click below to access the documents.


Funding cut to Intercountry Adoption Tracing Service

Commonwealth Government (DSS) funding for ISS Australia’s very successful Intercountry Adoption Tracing and Reunification Service ended on 30 June 2018. Please visit our Go-Fund-Me page for more info and how to donate.



ISS Australia gratefully acknowledges funding from the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department and the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, enabling the provision of Australia-wide child abduction services and intercountry casework services in NSW respectively.

ISS Australia is a proud research partner of the Dept of Social Work at the University of Melbourne.

ISS Australia is a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).