The Swiss Foundation of the ISS

© Corine BugnonWith its network active in 140 countries, the Swiss Foundation of the ISS provides help on a transnational scale to children and families facing social and/or legal problems.


Our main concern is that every child can grow up safely, in a stable family environment giving him the best possible perspectives for the future.


Our main fields of intervention: Protection of Children - The Rights of Parents - Child Abduction - Alimony Payments - International Adoption - Search of Origin - Binational Couples - Unaccompanied Minor Refugees - Immigration Law.

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ISS Switzerland organizes the Swiss consultation of young refugees for UNHCR (GRYC)

UNHCR and the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) did not just want to talk about Refugee Youth, but with them. They therefore organized the “Global Refugee Youth Consultations” (GRYC). Between October 2015 and Mai 2016, about 1200 Refugee Youth took part in the consultations in 21 countries. The results will be used for awareness raising amongst stakeholders and are intended to contribute to improving the situation of Refugee Youth worldwide.

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Third Destination Unknown Campaign Assembly

ISS Switzerland and ISS West Africa advocate for future prospects and a continuity of care of children on the move.

The Destination Unknown Campaign (DU Campaign) – led by the International Federation of Terre des Hommes - held their third Campaign Assembly from 25-29 September in Nicosia, Cyprus. Together with 25 other organizations, ISS Switzerland and ISS West Africa participated in the 5-day event.

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ADEM adheres to international principles governing migrant children

These principles are the result of recommendations made by several representatives of international and non-governmental organizations following a meeting of experts in Geneva in May 2016 attended by two members of the ADEM (ISS and Terre des Hommes Lausanne).

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Unaccompanied minors express themselves: the 3rd edition of their newspaper is available!

The Swiss Foundation of the International Social Service (ISS) has partnered with Païdos Association, the University of Geneva and the FASe foundation to create the 3rd issue of the journal "My voice for you", written entirely by unaccompanied minors (UMs) and dedicated to them.

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Run for children ... with children - 2016 Edition!

Sporting challenge for the protection of children in West Africa

In 2014, he completed the Mont Blanc Ultra-Trail and raised nearly CHF 14'000.- for the children of Liberia. This year, Olivier Geissler, our Director, will concentrate on a new challenge: run 4 marathons in 4 consecutive days in 4 countries of West Africa.

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