Placement of Children (ICPC)
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.
December 23, 2010