Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

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The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is a law that has been enacted by all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands. This law establishes orderly procedures for the interstate placement of children and fixes responsibilities for those involved in placing the child. 
Colorado decentralized its ICPC function to 64 local County Departments of Social/Human Services. The Colorado Department of Human Services has delegated the responsibility and functions associated with interstate placements requests to local County Department of Social Services. Each county has an ICPC liaison that processes and monitor interstate placements. ICPC includes referrals on parents, relatives, foster parents, adoptive parents, and residential treatment facilities.  To contact the ICPC liaison from a county, see listing of Colorado County ICPC Liaisons under Quick Links.

Why is a compact needed?

Children placed out of state need to be assured of the same protection and services that would be provided if they remained in their home state. They must also be assured of a return to their original jurisdiction should the placement prove not to be in their best interest.

Who can initiate the Interstate Compact?

Persons who can initiate Interstate Compact referrals are private individuals, the court, child placement agencies, adoption agencies, and public agencies.