1980 Hague Convention Support Service
Social Work Support Service
Are you involved in a 1980 Hague Convention Court process in Australia? If so, International Social Service (ISS) Australia is funded to provide a free, nationwide support service, focusing on emotional support and practical assistance with the issues involved in your case.
ISS Australia recognises that cross border parenting disputes can be challenging for all those involved.
Our qualified Social Workers can assist with:
- Information, advice, support and referrals for families and professionals
- Emotional support and short-term counselling
- Practical support and information
- Targeted referrals to assist with specific issues requiring long-term support
- Information and referrals for parents considering international relocation
- If a return order is made, our Social Workers can offer referrals to overseas support services
- Assistance for parents experiencing family violence
Legal Service available for free to parents in Australia
Our Legal Service is available for free to parents in Australia who need information and advice about the 1980 Hague Convention. We can also speak to professionals who have questions in relation to international parental child abduction and the 1980 Hague Convention and any relatives who may have parental responsibility for the children. We can also make referrals to alternative legal services in cases where ISS Australia cannot assist.
These services are provided free Australia-wide thanks to funding from the Commonwealth Attorney-Genera's Department.
'The Social Work support provided by ISS Australia was a lifeline that I found extremely beneficial and my weekly phone calls gave me someone to speak to about the whirlwind of emotions I was experiencing'