There has been media coverage since March 22 regarding the private adoption agency “Baby Life,” which had continued its operation without getting the license and closed in 2020. Since ISSJ has received inquiries from media and ex-clients of Baby Life, we comment our policy as below. 1. Intercountry adoption In the postwar period when ISSJ was established, we arranged intercountry adoptions for children who couldn’t be raised in their families. Today, we place children to adoptive parents who live in Japan in principle. Such operation is conforming to the 1993 Hague Convention and Adoption Agency Law in Japan. For adoption between parents and a child of different nationalities, our […]
Dear All, Happy New Year.As we step into another year, I’d like to thank you for your continuous support and encouragement to ISSJ. You may have mixed feelings about celebrating a new year when the covid-19 wreaks havoc in the world, but first and foremost, we wish you health and moments of peace. Amid the crisis that would go down in the human history, I feel as if a heavenly voice tells us to reexamine the way we are in all respects. These days it is getting harder to see the truth or what matters most, partly due to a flood of information. What do you think about this? A […]
With a grant from The Nippon Foundation, ISSJ has launched a new post-adoption consultation service. We provide consultation via a specific contact form written below. We welcome post-adoption related inquiries, such as from adoptees who wish to trace their life history or contact their birth parents, as well as from adoptive parents who wish to undergo tracing on behalf of their child. ISSJ’s social workers and licensed psychologist will respond to inquiries. The consultation process is described on this page. Consultation is free of charge. Please do not hesitate to contact us. < Contact > TEL: +81-3-5840-5711Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In light of the increased severity of the COVID-19 in Japan and worldwide, ISSJ is expanding its support for refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants. Since early April, when the spread of the virus became more serious, we have been receiving a large number of calls from people in need. Although we quickly adopted remote work, we have never closed our office so that we can promptly respond to phone calls. We first received calls from people experiencing anxiety related to sudden change of their life circumstances, such as fear of unpaid rent or availability of medical treatment for coronavirus infection. Then, as the virus spread and prolonged economic depression, there […]
Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the charity film and bazar event which was scheduled for October 24th, has been cancelled. We will inform you of the next schedule as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Stay healthy, ISSJ
ISSJ is grateful to all of our donors who continuously support our missions. Only with their generous contributions, we can accomplish our goals. As we all focus on the COVID-19 outbreak and the changes in our daily lives, the refugees and asylum seekers still deserve our attention and support. First, we would like to show our gratitude to all of our donors who have already responded to the circumstance and sent us various supplies. Because of the uncertainty and rapidly changing situations, those migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers are especially vulnerable and confronting anxieties; fear of possible eviction, lack of daily food, shortage of healthcare supplies such as face masks […]
Based on Japanese government recommendations following the recent increase in cases of COVID-19 in Japan, ISSJ staff will be working remotely from the 7th of April. Due to this, there may be some delays in dealing with certain inquiries to us. Since we can not take calls to the office at the moment, please send an e-mail to ISSJ. (Email: email@example.com) We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and hope for your understanding in this matter.
We can conduct an assessment of families who have connections with foreign countries. Need help with these? Q. I would like to know if my child can be raised by relatives in his country of origin. Where should I seek an assistance? A. Through the ISS branches, social worker in your country can make an assessment on your relatives and confirm their willingness and ability of child- rearing. You will receive an assessment report in English with a Japanese translation. * Actual Performance: Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, etc. Q. What kind of procedure is required for a stateless child who cannot obtain the cooperation of parents to […]