The International Social Service – Hellenic Branch is a non-governmental and non-profit organization certified by Ministerial Decree Γ.Π. Π2γΟικ./681/23.2.2011 (Government Gazette 25τ/ΤΒ/17.1.1) as an agency providing social welfare services, recognized by the Presidential Decree 226/99 (Government Gazette 190/Α’/20.9.99) as a competent authority in handling intercountry adoptions.
ISS-Hellenic Branch is governed by a volunteer, unpaid, 9-member Board of Trustees.
Its staff is specialized, multi-lingual professionals with work experience in Greece and abroad and offers its services to Local and Foreign Public Authorities, Greek diaspora , repatriated EU citizens, migrants, refugees, multicultural families, adoptive parents and anyone in need of intercultural or intercountry services.
Since 1993, the Hellenic Branch pioneered in the effort for Greece to ratify the 1993 Hague Convention on issues of international adoptions. It was eventually ratified in 2009 and the I.S.S- Hellenic Branch is the only non-governmental organization for the implementation and handling of intercountry adoptions.
Director of the Hellenic Branch: Mrs. Chris Kondoyanni, Social Worker and Family Mediator.