Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children
The Council of State Governments, in cooperation with the American Public Human Services Association, has drafted a revision to the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children. Currently enacted by all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S Virgin Islands, the compact is in need of a massive overhaul to repair its outdated construction and enhance its effectiveness in ensuring that interstate placements are made in a timely and effective manner. The new compact has been enacted in Ohio (June 2006) and is available to all states for consideration.
ICPC Legislative Information Kit now available
For a free copy, please contact Carla Fults at APHSA - (202) 682-0100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(kit components are also available below for download)
The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children, as currently written and implemented, is not an effective mechanism for the states to ensure that children placed across state lines for purposes of foster care or adoption are placed with safe, suitable parents that can provide proper care and to ensure that necessary services and supports are in place.
First drafted in the 1950s and currently enacted by all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the compact is in need of a massive overhaul to repair its outdated construction and enhance its effectiveness in ensuring that interstate placements are made in a timely and effective manner.
Language within the compact is outdated, governing structures established by the compact are antiquated and basic management and administration issues of the compact are either obsolete or omitted completely from the existing language. Its application has become "overly broad," and the underlying assumption regarding the cost of the provision of home studies and supervision would be one of quid pro quo is no longer accurate.
Goal of the Project
The revised compact is based on recommendations already made to APHSA by its members, observations made by the stakeholder organizations represented on the developing and drafting team as well as a select group of additional outside stakeholders, and compact expertise and advice from The Council of State Governments and other needed consultants. Once a new compact is approved, introduction and passage by state legislators, and implementation of the revised compact by all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the United States territories is the goal.