The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is an agreement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands. The Compact ensures potential placements are safe and suitable before approval, and it ensures that the individual or entity placing the child remains legally and financially responsible for the child following placement.
State agencies and courts must comply with Compact law when placing children in treatment facilities, in foster homes, or with the child's relatives (including birth parents) who live in another state. The ICPC also applies when private adoptions occur across state lines. It also applies to private parent placements of children in residential treatment facilities, group homes, and other licensed facilities.
Information about ICPC offices in all states can be accessed at www.aphsa.org.