Domestic adoption within the United States is governed by state law, which is quite specific to each individual state. Timelines, definitions, procedures and substantive rights of all parties vary significantly on a state-by-state basis. To make matters more complex, when a child will be crossing state lines for purposes of an adoption plan, a regulatory scheme known as the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) applies and creates an additional layer of requirements to which practitioners and families must adhere. This can combine to make an interstate adoption within the United States rival international adoption for cost and complexity (although rarely approaching the timelines/delays seen in international cases).
To successfully navigate the ICPC and ensure that the child can return home to finalize the adoption efficiently while avoiding any difficulties with the laws of either state involved, the guidance and counsel of an attorney experienced in the nuances of interstate adoption issues are necessary. Here at Berg, Debele, DeSmidt & Rabuse, P.A., our team of attorneys and paralegals skilled in adoption issues regularly navigates these most interesting cases both to and from Minnesota, assisting families to complete their interstate adoption plans in the most efficient and economical manner possible.