Over the years, ISS/IRC has developed a large range of
services aimed at supporting professionals working for the protection
of children deprived of their family in their daily work with children
and/or their families, as well as for the members of the ISS network.
With a view of offering the maximum number of tools to the greatest
number of stakeholders possible, the majority of services are available
free of charge by request or accessible through the internet page.
Certain documents and services have limited access because of their
confidential nature in terms of content and also the amount of
resources required to produce them.
These Reviews propose an analysis of the latest developments in
matters of adoption and the protection of children deprived of their
family. Each issue offers an editorial section, updated information
about the evolution of law and practice both at the international level
and in particular countries. The publication engages itself in certain
ethical debates, studies interdisciplinary resources and proposes a
reading suggestion. Its last page draws attention to relevant
conferences and seminars of international interest. Each month, the
Review is distributed to more than 2700 professionals across the world.
Each year between 15 and 20 files focusing on an individual country
are published which examine the situation of children deprived of their
family and their adoption. The files present the main legislation,
principal stakeholders, the practices and risks for the rights of the
child. There is also an analysis of the general situation of children
deprived of their family and their adoption for each country. These
files are only accessible by the Central Authorities of States who
finance the ISS/IRC and also the countries of origin.
Expertise and handling requests
The ISS/IRC provides technical support based on its expertise for
its professional partners, particularly Central Authorities. It answers
requests for information, documentation or advice about general
legislation, practices, protagonists and resources (experts, training
centres, etc.) relating to children deprived of family. More than 100
requests are answered each year.
Working tools to improve practice
Information circulars for the Central Adoption Authorities
The circulars facilitate an exchange of information between the
Central Authorities both from the countries of origin and receiving
countries. These exchanges of information are centralised and analysed
and later disseminated through circulars.
For several years now, the ISS/IRC has built up a documentation
centre on Children Deprived of their Family. This centre collects
publications and texts of both a psychosocial and legal nature which
deal with themes and countries, essentially in English, French and
Spanish. The Database is available on line.