ISS Network

ISS Vision

ISS works to protect, defend and support children, families and individuals in disadvantaged situations as a consequence of global movement, whose circumstances have lead to the separation of families and children. ISS aims to ensure that respect for human rights is accorded to every individual.

ISS Mission

ISS is a worldwide network, which offers professional services and helps to resolve intercountry social and legal problems affecting children, families and other vulnerable persons, wherever they are living. ISS work is guided by the international conventions relating to the protection of children and families, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Hague Conventions on child abduction, international adoption and child protection.

ISS Principles

ISS promotes and protects the rights of families, children and other vulnerable persons according to the UN Conventions on Human Rights and on the Rights of the Child. Inherent to this approach is prioritizing the best interests of the child. As ISS celebrates diversity, it continually strives to practice in a culturally competent manner. The principles of neutrality, confidentiality, independence and impartiality are at the heart of our work. ISS shared commitment to families, children and individuals unites its global network.

Contact ISS

International Social Service

General Secretariat

Quai du Seujet 32

CH-1201 Geneva Switzerland


Phone +41 22 906 77 00

Fax +41 22 906 77 01




If you are seeking ISS services from within Canada please contact ISS Canada