The trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund awarded International Social Service, USA (ISS-USA) a $64,020 grant to provide social services for families separated across country borders. The grant was among 29 awards, valued at $1.7 million, made by the trustees during their summer meeting.
ISS-USA, based in Baltimore, Maryland, has provided essential cross-border social services for more than 90 years through its global network operating in more than 130 countries. ISS-USA services include case management, research, training, and advocacy to help connect vulnerable children, adults and families.
Because of the recent influx of families at the U.S border, ISS-USA is facing an expanded need for case management services. The Fund’s grant will help ISS-USA case managers locate, connect and verify relationships among family members, refer cases to pro-bono counsel, and perform community and child resource surveys used as planning tools in developing long-term solutions for the future of these children.
“We applaud the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for their responsiveness in supporting ISS-USA to provide necessary social services for the safe and sustainable reunification of children with their families,” said Julie Gilbert Rosicky, ISS – USA’s Executive Director.