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25 Sep 2018: ISS Australia signs MoU with SPOON Foundation


Above: ISS Australia’s Damon Martin and Mishelle Rudzinski from the SPOON Foundation at the MoU signing ceremony in Vientiane, Laos
ISS Australia’s Manager, NSW Office / Manager, Intercountry Adoption Service, Damon Martin, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding between ISS Australia and the SPOON Foundation, during a visit to Vientiane, Laos. SPOON are a partner with ISS Australia and the ISS network in implementation of ISS’s “Children with Disabilities” (CWD) project in Cambodia and other countries. The MoU commits ISS Australia and SPOON to working together to expand the project into other countries in South-East Asia, South Asia or elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Joining Damon in Vientiane for the signing was SPOON’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Mishelle Rudzinski. Based in Portland, Oregon, the SPOON Foundation focus on addressing nutrition issues for the tens of millions of children worldwide living in orphanages and foster homes, or isolated as a result of living with disabilities.

For more information on the SPOON Foundation, please visit their website.

ISS Australia looks forward to working closely with SPOON to build the Children with Disabilities project!

30 Sep 2018: ISS successfully tenders for NSW Special Search Service

ISS Australia was recently announced by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) as the successful tenderer to provide the Special Search Service in that state.

The Service was previously provided by the Salvation Army, who handed funding back to FaCS earlier this year. ISS Australia was invited to response to a restricted tender process and was very pleased to be awarded the Service.

The Service’s purpose is “to reunite individuals with family for whom all reasonable search avenues have been exhausted” and it is targeted at “adoptees or other people who have been separated by wardship, foster care or other forms of separation initiated by the NSW Government”.

The Service is expected to begin operations from 1 October 2018. Funding has been provided to 30 June 2021.

15 Nov 2017: ISS Australia’s 2017 AGM held in NSW

ISS Australia’s 2017 Annual General Meeting was held on 14 November 2017 at ISS’s NSW Office – Suite 501, 80 William St, Woolloomooloo, Sydney. This was the first time the AGM had been held outside Victoria for some years. Mr Joel “JD” de Carteret provided wonderful insights on his personal story as an intercountry adoptee as the Guest Speaker.

19 Aug 2014: ISS Australia’s Patron on ABC’s Lateline

The Chair of Children’s Rights International, former Chief Justice of the Family Court and ISS Australia’s Patron, the Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC was interviewed on ABC-TV’s Lateline program on 18 August 2014.

Alastair Nicholson spoke on the Federal Government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Cambodia, noting the country was ill-equipped to receive vulnerable people from Australia, particularly in the case of unaccompanied minors whose protection and care could not be guaranteed. He also commented on the conflict of interest under current legislation in which the Minister for Immigration is at the same time the legal guardian for any children entering Australia as unaccompanied minors and the Minister responsible for decisions to detain these children in Australia or send them overseas.

Watch the interview (or read the transcript) here.