Interstate Adoption

Ever-lasting love in actionOur office has handled many cases that involve a baby born in California that is placed with a family in another state. Adoptive parents have the option to finalize in California or in their own state. We prepare and submit required paperwork to the appropriate Interstate offices in compliance with ICPC rules. ICPC or Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children is required when a baby is born in one state but will be leaving the state to reside in another state.


Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

The ICPC is a contract among member states and U.S. territories authorizing them to work together to ensure that children who are placed across state lines for foster care or adoption receive adequate protection and support services. The ICPC establishes procedures for the placement of children and fixes responsibility for agencies and individuals involved in placing children. To participate in the ICPC, a state must enact into law the provisions of the ICPC. In 1975, California adopted the provisions of the ICPC, now found at Family Code Section 7900, et seq. This statute designates the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) as “the appropriate public authority” responsible for administration of ICPC.

The purpose of the ICPC is to protect the child and the party states in the interstate placement of children so that:

  • The child is placed in a suitable environment;
  • The receiving state has the opportunity to assess that the proposed 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;
  • The sending state obtains enough information to evaluate the proposed placement;
  • The care of the child is promoted through appropriate jurisdictional arrangements; and
  • The sending agency or individual guarantees the child legal and financial protection.

The above information is as stated on the California Department of Social Services website. Visit the website for more detailed information on ICPC history and requirements.


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