What parents adopting domestically need to know about the the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children
by Jeanne T. Tate
The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) is a uniform law enacted in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, establishing procedures for interstate adoption placements. It applies only to children who are placed for adoption across state lines, and not to placements with a close adult relative.
Q: How does the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children process work?
A: If a family is from one state and the baby they wish to adopt is born in another:
- The family travels to the sending state to accept placement of the child.
- Before the family is allowed to leave the sending state, the adoption agency submits the ICPC paperwork to the sending state’s ICPC office.
- After the sending state has approved the adoption, the paperwork is forwarded to the receiving state’s ICPC office.
- Once the receiving state has approved the paperwork, the family is notified, and only then can they return to their state with their child.
If the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children is not followed, or the family leaves prior to approval, the adoption could be jeopardized. Most states allow the adoptive family to stay with the child during the wait…