Safeguarding Interstate Adoptions: The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

This brief outlines issues related to reforming the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC), the primary safeguard regulating the adoption of boys and girls from one state to another, and which affects a large number of foster children, who are placed with relatives or other families outside their own states. For these children, accomplishing permanency is a more complicated process, requiring the cooperation of child welfare agencies and judicial systems in two jurisdictions.

Author: Susan Smith

Published: April 2005