OFFICIALS are considering a cross-border taskforce to ensure one-way permit allocation does not split up families. The Society For Community Organisation (SOCO) made the recommendation at a meeting with Director of Home Affairs Shelley Lau Lee Lai-kuen yesterday to discuss the problem of families divided by the border. SOCO said a cross-border body should be set up to supervise the one-way permit allocation system, which it said often failed to grant documents to mothers and children at the same time. SOCO community organiser Sze Lai-shan said the taskforce should come up with a grading system to make family reunions a basis for the granting of one-way permits. 'Problems faced by these pseudo single-parent families are serious. The bringing up of children in these families is affected as many fathers do not know how to take care of them,' Ms Sze said. 'The fathers' self-esteem will also be damaged as they are often forced to quit working and stay at home.' Ms Sze suggested the Government set up a support centre to help families split by the border and allow more flexibility in granting two-way permits to mainland mothers visiting their families in Hong Kong. Mrs Lau had promised to table SOCO's ideas for discussion in inter-bureau working group meetings on new immigrants' problems, Ms Sze said. Mrs Lau and her deputies met nine split families yesterday.