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Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children
Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children is the best means the United States has to ensure protection and services to children who are placed across state lines for foster care or adoption. The Compact is a uniform law that has been enacted by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It establishes orderly procedures for the interstate placement of children and fixes responsibility for those involved in placing the child.

This agreement controls the lawful movement of children from one state to another for purposes of adoption. In order to safeguard both the child and the parties involved in the child's placement, the Interstate Compact:

  • Provides the sending agency the opportunity to obtain home studies and an evaluation of the proposed placement.
  • Allows the prospective receiving state to ensure that the placement is not contrary to the interests of the child and that its applicable laws and policies have been followed before it approves the placement.
  • Guarantees the child legal and financial protection by fixing these responsibilities with the sending agency or individual.
  • Ensures that the sending agency does not lose jurisdiction over the child once the child moves to the receiving state.
  • Provides the sending agency the opportunity to obtain supervision and regular reports on the child's adjustment and progress in the placement.

This means that if your child is born in another state, a set of forms which is a written notice of the proposed placement must be completed by the sending adoption agency so that both states involved can be assured that the requirements of each state have been addressed and met. You must have an ICPC in place before you can leave that state to return home.

A Forever Bond, Inc. will complete the Interstate Compact documentation as quickly as possible. We do our best but the gathering of some documentation in a timely manner is out of our control (i.e. medical records) and we must rely on the vendor's time line. It could take up to a minimum of two weeks not including weekends and holidays to get clearances to return to your home state with your child. You cannot leave the state of Florida with your child until A Forever Bond, Inc. notifies you that the Interstate Compact paperwork has been approved by both the sending and receiving state.


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