The Link

 January 2018

Welcome to the first edition of ISS Canada's newsletter, "The Link". Our aim is  to publish four editions a year filled with information on our latest activities and our Network.  We hope to offer our readers insightful articles and useful links that will be informative and possibly assist some of you in finding answers to questions that you face in your daily work.

We hope that  you will enjoy our first edition of the
Happy New Year 2018!

-The ISS Canada Team 
Because this is what we do everyday...
Did You Know: For over 90 years, ISS intercountry casework has tackled cross-border family conflict - including child abductions. Since 2010, ISS has developed a global program focusing on International Family Mediation.

International Family Mediation

"Now it's a war between laws. Lawyers in this country will give me custody [...] but that custody is not recognised in my husband's country of residence so I'm stuck in a situation where I cannot afford to take the child to the country where my husband is, in case I don't get him back. [On the other hand] I don't want to restrict my husband's access to the child."
A mother
International family mediation seeks to resolve a family conflict involving at least two countries. For example, this could occur when parents separate because of conflict and live in different countries. READ MORE

A Guide to International Family Mediation
Published in 2014, the first guide intended to families and professionals from the legal and psychosocial fields supporting families is available in 7 languages and now being translated into Arabic and Portuguese. It discusses all issues related to the recourse to international family mediation in 7 chapters, including a section with practical questions and guidance: READ MORE


The International Family Mediation Programme aims to better protect children involved in parental conflicts across national borders and cases of international child abduction, which are in constant increase. Since 2010, ISS's approach is to facilitate access to mediation for families on a global scale (in cooperation with States’ authorities), to unite mediators from across the world and to work towards global recognition of their competencies.


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"As usual, like every year, my mother, my brother and myself were remembering all of those nice people, that helped us in the past. You (Sylvie) and your colleague in India are the main people who brought us back to our freedom and assisted my mother in her efforts and hard struggle''

-Sadi, 12 year old client who was returned to her mother after a parental abduction
Your contribution helps ISS Canada provide much needed services to vulnerable families and children like Sadi around the world.
Thank you for your help. 
For free case consultation or information on our international social services, please contact one of ISS Canada's experienced social workers. 
ISS Canada would like to thank :

Ms. Cilgia Caratsch

Project Coordinator International Family Mediation

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