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Intercountry Child Welfare and Kinship Care

Child welfare

ISS Australia works with national and international child protection authorities and other services in cases of alleged child abuse or neglect.

A referral may come to ISS Australia from another member of the ISS network regarding concerns for a child in Australia. Alternatively, ISS Australia may send a referral to an ISS network member regarding concerns for a child in another country.

Where there are welfare concerns for a child, ISS Australia social workers can assist in locating the child, conducting welfare assessments and liaising with the relevant authorities to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the child.

ISS Australia social workers can also assist in obtaining criminal and child protection background checks in Australia or overseas, and in obtaining information about the processes of overseas state welfare authorities.

Kinship care

In cases where a child is unable to be cared for by a parent, and has a relative overseas who may be a suitable kinship carer, ISS Australia can assist.

ISS Australia social workers can provide kinship care assessments in Australia, and can facilitate kinship care assessments overseas.

Detailed, high quality reports for national and international child protection authorities and children’s and family law courts can be provided for kinship care matters.

When an international kinship care placement is approved, ISS Australia social workers can provide pre and post placement support to all parties involved, including support and advice on how to best manage the child’s international transition.

Counselling, referrals to specialised services and other services by request can be provided in relation to a child welfare or kinship care matter.

Please note: fees are charged for some ISS Australia services (depending on location and whether we receive Government funding); please go here to see current fee schedules for the National and NSW Offices.

International Child Welfare and Kinship Care

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