The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC): ICPC Basics for Caregivers


What is the ICPC?

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is a Federal Compact and uniform law in:

  • All 50 states,
  • The District of Columbia, and
  • The U.S. Virgin Islands.

The law provides uniform guidelines and procedures. The ICPC applies in certain situations when a child is moving across state lines. If the ICPC applies, a child cannot move to another state without the approval of both states’ ICPC offices.

For some children, placement may not be in his or her home state. Placement may be with relatives or other caregivers in a different state. Children deserve the same rights that they have in their home state when they move to another state. The Interstate Compact for Placement of Children (ICPC) is designed to ensure children have legal protections and can obtain needed services when they move to another state.


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Author: Wisconsin Family Connections Center
Additional Author: Coalition for Children, Youth & Families
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