ICPC Publications and Papers

Guidebook to the ICPC: The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is premised on the belief that children requiring out-of-state placement will receive the same protections and services that would be provided if they remained in their home states. The ICPC outlines the many steps necessary to place a child out of state. This Guide, updated in 2014, offers a user-friendly/comprehensive discussion of the history, purposes and administration of the Compact as well as the text of the 10 Articles and Regulations of the Compact. To purchase this Guide, please contact the National Office of the AAICPC at: [email protected].
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Please note: Following are amended Regulation 1 and new Regulation 11 of the ICPC adopted by the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, April 18, 2010, effective October 1, 2010; and, amended Regulations 2,3 and 7 adopted by the AAICPC May 1, 2011, effective October 1, 2011. The 2002 Guidebook to the ICPC is the most recent production of the guidebook and does not include the amended versions of Regulations 1, 2, 3, and 7, or the new Regulation 11. The ICPC Guidebook will not be updated until additional regulations currently being introduced and amended are resolved. Please find PDF documents below of the Amended Regulations 1, 2, 3 and 7, and new Regulation 11.

Understanding Criminal Records Checks: This report was developed under an Adoption Opportunities grant, Grant Number 90-CO-0866, provided to the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (AAICAMA) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families, Children’s Bureau, to gain a better understanding of the process of completing criminal background checks on prospective foster and adoptive parents.

Understanding Delays in the Interstate Home Study Process: The home study process, a preplacement assessment of the safety and suitability of a prospective foster or adoptive family, is often seen as a major barrier to timely placement in interstate cases. To examine this issue, the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) conducted a nationwide study of the interstate home study process to identify and document the leading barriers in policy, practice, and administrative procedures that impede or delay the placement of children across state lines. This report, Understanding Delays in the Interstate Home Study Process, includes an analysis of survey responses from 47 states, a description of innovative strategies implemented by states, and suggestions for strengthening the interstate process.

Audio Conference Series

APHSA and AAICPC recently launched a series of Audio Conferences designed to assist compact administrators with administration of the compact by offering continuing opportunities for professional development. Information and resources discussed during Audio Conferences will be posted here after each conference.

The Interstate Compact for Juveniles. October 12, 2004

Presenter: Michael Buenger, Missouri State Court Administrator

The first Audio Conference addressed issues around the historical development of compacts and their standing in law, as well as some differences between the current and proposed Interstate Compact on Juveniles. Materials used during that call include the following documents: 
  • The Interstate Compact for Juveniles Background Brief developed by the Council for State Governments describes the history of the compact, shortcomings of the current compact, and information on the revised compact. The brief can be directly accessed by clicking on the link below, or through the Council of State Governments Website .
  • What is a Compact Anyway? Find out more about the origin of interstate compacts in colonial America, the legal status of a compact, the types of compacts that exist, the buzz about Congressional Consent of a compact, judicial interpretations of a compact and the advantages and disadvantages of compacts by clicking on the link below, or through the Council of State Governments Website .