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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 family tracing and reunification, international family mediation, kinship care and other child welfare matters, and assistance for families experiencing international parental child abduction. We are the independent Australian arm of the ISS network, spanning over 100 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.

2017 Children and Families Across Borders conference

ISS Australia and the University of Melbourne’s Department of Social Work will jointly present a 2nd Children and Families Across Borders conference in mid-2017, building on their successful first joint conference in April 2016. Stay tuned for further information soon!

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Educational forum: Parents and Children Across Borders

ISS Australia, La Trobe University and Wodonga TAFE will present a forum on Parents and Children Across Borders: Issues in Child and Family Welfare on Fri 24 March 2017 at Wodonga TAFE; more info at the link below.


Forthcoming publication: The Colour of Time

ISS Australia is proud to be leading a DSS-funded project developing a new longitudinal study on intercountry adoption in Australia called The Colour of Time, which will be launched in Sydney on 23 June 2017.


6th National Juvenile Justice Summit – 4-5 May 2017

ISS / DCI Australia supports the 6th National Juvenile Justice Summit to be held on 4-5 May 2017 at the Swissotel Sydney. To visit the Summit website click the link above, or download the program below to register.


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 also gratefully acknowledges funding from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services enabling provision of our Intercountry Adoption Tracing and Reunification Service across Australia, free of charge.
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).