Interstate Compact On the Placement of Children
Background Information 

The need for a compact to regulate the interstate movement of children was recognized as early as 1950. At that time, a group of East Coast social service administrators joined informally to study the problems of children moved out of the state for foster care and adoption. They saw that states lacked importation and exportation statutes that gave them authority to ensure that children were protected. A state’s jurisdiction ends at its borders and a state can only compel an out-of-state agency or individual to discharge its obligations toward a child through a compact. Administrators were concerned that a state to which a child was sent did not have to provide supportive services even though it might agree to do so on a voluntary basis. In response to these and other problems, the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children was drafted. 

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Last Revised: June 16, 2008


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