Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC)

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is an agreement that each of the 50 states as well as the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia adhere to regarding interstate adoption. Each state has its own rules regarding adoption. Before a child can move from one state to another for the purpose of adoption, each state's adoption laws must be met, and both states must agree to the adoption.

For more information about the ICPC and rules regarding an interstate adoption, contact the attorneys of Berg, Debele, DeSmidt & Rabuse, P.A., in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

How ICPC Affects Adoption

If you are considering adopting a child from another state, it is important to be aware of the rules established in the ICPC. The adopting parents must adhere to both their state's adoption requirements as well as those of the state where the child resides.

The intentions of the ICPC are honorable: to protect the interests of a child in adoption or foster care proceedings. However, the rules set by the ICPC complicate the adoption process. Without knowing or intending, a potential adoptive family may find that they have violated a condition of the ICPC. If a violation has occurred, the adoption can become a longer and more costly process than planned.

The ICPC may require a prospective adoptive family to meet a range of requirements, from certifying copies of birth certificates to completing a home study. If you are looking to adopt a son or daughter from another state, speak to a lawyer from our firm to find out how you can prepare for the upcoming administrative requirements.

Find out more about the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children agreement.

Find out more about the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), which could affect you if you are looking to adopt a Native American child.

Contact an Experienced Adoption Lawyer

For more information about the ICPC and how it can affect the process of adoption, contact our law firm to schedule an initial consultation.