Approval: Jennifer Strus, Assistant Secretary
Effective Date: July 1984
Revised Date: October 31, 2014
Sunset Review: October 31, 2018
The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) governs the arrangement of all placements of children in CA care who cross state boundaries.
- HQ ICPC is responsible for administering and overseeing of the Compact to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.
- Children requiring ICPC in or out-of-state placement must be placed in a safe and suitable environment, and with persons or facilities meeting qualifications of the state where the child is located, to provide for the care of the child.
- Child safety, permanency and well-being must be the focus throughout the home study process, supervision and ICPC closure.
- ICPC Offices are responsible for monitoring licensed group care facilities as guided by the Compact:
- Approving placement prior to sending the child.
- Monitoring the facility while the child is placed there.
- Preventing abandonment of a child in a residential facility in another state.
- ICPC must be followed when a child is placed across state lines in the following situations:
- Relatives or foster care placements for public child welfare agencies.
- Parent placement unless the court has found the parent to be fit and the placement with the parent is in the child's best interest as determined by the court.
- Adoption, including public child welfare agency and private independent adoptions.
- Group Care or Residential placements, public child agency and private parent placements.
- CA worker must notify HQ ICPC immediately if:
- A placement is disrupting and whether services are recommended to assist in stabilizing the placement, e.g., individual or family counseling, crisis intervention services, etc.
- A child is removed or can no longer remain in the approved placement home.
- Any intake received on a child placed in or out-of-state on an ICPC placement resource.
- The ICPC is violated in the following situations:
- Placing a child in or out-of-Washington without ICPC approval.
- Extending a visit.
- Establishing a permanent plan without HQ ICPC concurrence.
- Parents moving into an approved ICPC placement without HQ ICPC approval.
- Consequences if the compact is not followed (applies to in or out-of-state ICPC placements):
- A child may need to return to the state that has jurisdiction.
- A child in another state without ICPC approval does not receive courtesy supervision or services.
- ICPC request may not be processed or denied.
ICPC Regulations- issued by the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children