Interstate Compact On the 
Placement of Children (ICPC)

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Wisconsin's Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (s.48.988 Wis. Stats.) (exit DCS) ensure that children in need of out-of-home placement in and from other states receive the same protections guaranteed to the children placed in care within Wisconsin.  The law offers states uniform guidelines and procedures to ensure these placements promote the best interests of each child.  

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), a statutory law and legal contract between all fifty states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands, ensures that jurisdictional, administrative and human rights obligations of all the parties involved in the interstate placement are protected.  The ICPC establishes uniform legal and administrative procedures governing the interstate placement of children.   Children placed in out-of-state need to be assured the same protection and support services that would be provided if the child remained in their "home state."  They must also be assured a return to their original jurisdiction should the placement prove not to be in their best interest or should the need for out-of-state services cease. 

The Association of Administrators of the Interstate compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) (exit DCS) has authority under ICPC to "promulgate rules and regulations to carry out more effectively the terms and provision of this compact"

The ICPC provides a mechanism for public and private child placing agencies to obtain a home study of a proposed placement resource in another state prior to moving the child to another state.  It also provides for supervision of a Wisconsin court order over a child's placement in another state.  Without an approved interstate compact prior to moving the child to another state, the court order from the sending state cannot legally be supervised in  the receiving state.  

Last Revised: December 23, 2010

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