Please find below a selection of ISS Australia’s major reports, papers and articles:
(July 2013) Preserving the Best Interests of Children: ISS Network’s Call for Action on International Surrogacy
The ISS network has issued a coordinated Call for Action on International Surrogacy, a practice continuing to increase around the world and lacking any consistent, coordinating legal framework. The Call for Action commits ISS, among other things, to advocating for a General Comment on surrogacy by the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and for a new convention on the issue under the system established by the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HccH).
(May 2013) Home Safe Home: A report on children who migrate to Australia for kinship care
Prepared by researcher Siobhan Kavanagh, the Home Safe Home report presents the findings of a key research project funded by the Barr Family Foundation as part of ISS Australia’s “Support Me, Support My New Home” project (see project page here).
The research sought to develop a greater understanding of the issues experienced by children, young people and carers in international kinship care arrangements, with a particular focus on those arrangements that do not involve assessments of carer suitability or post placement support. The report makes five recommendations, including a call for changes to the Orphan Relative visa application process which would make assessment of any potential carer’s suitability mandatory.
The report was officially launched on 29 May 2013 at the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.
(2012) International Student Welfare in Australia
A research report prepared by Daniel Pejic for ISS Australia. The report examines international student administration in Australia, with a particular focus on ensuring student welfare. It recommends strategies to enhance security and protect the rights of international students studying in Australia.
(June 2012) The Right to Information for Donor Conceived People: Lessons Learnt from Adoption
This paper outlines the effects of Australia’s past adoption practice. It examines the many similarities and differences between donor conceived people and adoptees, in order to argue that the practice of donor conception should rightly be compared to, and learn from, adoption practice.
(2012) Solomon Islands Social Welfare Needs Analysis
A research report prepared by Sophie Fisher on behalf of ISS Australia. This report analyses the support for, and barriers to, strengthening the child protection system in the Solomon Islands. This paper articulates the urgent social need that is present in Solomon Islands.
(July 2011) International Kinship Care: Observations from the Australian context
A research report prepared for ISS Australia by Siobhan Kavanagh, focusing on the obstacles to international kinship care and suggested models of best practice in resolving some of these issues. The report was developed as part of an ISS Australia project entitled Kinship Care Across Borders, generously funded by the R.E. Ross Trust.
(July 2011) ISS Australia response to the Senate inquiry into international child abduction
ISS Australia made a submission to the Australian Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee inquiry into international child abduction to and from Australia.
(March 2011) ISS Australia response to the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth contribution to former forced adoption policies
ISS Australia made a submission to an inquiry by the Australian Senate’s Standing Committees on Community Affairs into the Commonwealth’s contribution to former forced adoption policies and practices.
(January 2010) ISS Network Statement – Earthquake in Haiti: Intercountry Adoption Cases
A paper from the International Reference Centre for the Rights of Children Deprived of their Family (ISS/IRC), part of the global ISS network.
(August 2009) Hague Children’s Conventions: the Need for an Advocacy Response to Protect Children in the Context of International Parental Child Abduction
A paper on social work practice in the context of two international Hague Conventions concerning children. Based on a research report prepared by ISS Australia, the paper proposes arguments for the viability of social work practice in the context of the 1996 Convention on Parental Responsibility and Child Protection, and highlights the benefits of casework practice and mediation-based services for families which can be offered by social work.
(January 2009) Intercountry Adoption in Australia
A background paper on intercountry adoption in Australia prepared by Damon Martin, NSW Service Coordinator.
(September 2008) 1996 Convention Report
ISS Australia undertook research into the 1996 Hague Convention, in particular its potential application to ISS Australia’s inter-country casework involving children. The report formed part of a project generously funded by the Ian Potter Foundation, “Boosting Outcomes for Australian Children Using International Laws.”
(May 2007) Family Safety and Child Abduction Planning and Prevention Resource Kit
This Resource Kit is for parents who may be considering leaving Australia with their child in order to escape domestic violence and for community workers and volunteers working with such parents.
(May 2007) Learning from the Links between Domestic Violence and International Parental Child Abduction
This research report reviews available material on the links between domestic violence and international parental child abduction and reports findings from interviews undertaken with a small sample of affected parents and domestic violence services that have worked with these parents.
(October 2005) Journey of Discovery
A Report on the three-year Travel Fund for Former Child Migrants managed by ISS Australia.
(February 2005) Living in Limbo
A call for an Australian support service for families experiencing international parental child abduction.
(January 2005) After the Tsunami
A paper on the assistance ISS internationally may offer in the 26 December tsunami aftermath.
(August 2004) A Call for International Standards
A joint ISS-UNICEF project calling for guidelines to improve protection for children without parental care.
(May 2007) ISS Open Day Celebrated the UN ‘International Day of Families’
(July 2006) Parents now more likely to flee with kids
Liz Porter, Sunday Age, 9 July 2006.