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The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is a compact between all 50 states, the District of Colombia and the US Virgin Islands. It is a uniform law which establishes procedures for the placement of children across state lines. New York was the first state to enact the compact in 1960.When a state receives an ICPC request the receiving state will study the placement resource for appropriateness and safety of the placement. ICPC requests also identify the supervision requirements that will be required upon the child's arrival in their new placement.

In general, the ICPC applies to the following types of interstate placements:

  • Placement preliminary to an adoption.
  • Placements into foster care, including foster homes, group homes, residential
    treatment facilities and institutions.
  • Placements with parents and relatives when a parent or relative is not making
    the placement.

For additional ICPC information, state pages or to view the full text of the ICPC

How to complete an ICPC Request

Previously, the ICPC DESK AID was a tool provided by the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) which provided guidance on how to complete an ICPC packet. Due to recent changes in ICPC regulations the ICPC DESK AID is no longer current. The OCFS ICPC Unit has since developed and trained on the use of separate checklists specific to placement type which will guide you through completion of ICPC forms and collection of all required documents to assist in completion of a current and complete ICPC request. Those checklists are provided here.

Checklists for Caseworkers

Specific documents must be included in each ICPC request. OCFS has developed checklists to assist caseworkers in preparing ICPC packets for children in foster care or under court jurisdiction. Select the link applicable to the type of placement request to view the checklist.

Checklists for agency workers and attorneys (Private/Independent/Non-public Agency Adoption)

Checklists for Parents/Guardians and School Districts (Residential Placement)

OCFS has developed specific checklists to assist parents/guardians or school districts in completing an ICPC request for placement of a child into a RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER. Select the link below to view the checklist.

ICPC Forms

ICPC requests should be mailed to:
NYS OCFS - ICPC Unit
Room 331 North Building
52 Washington Street
Rensselaer, NY 12144

The New York State ICPC office can be reached at (518) 474-9406.

Due to the confidentiality of individual cases, ICPC staff may only respond to public inquiries with general information related to the ICPC process. If you are being considered as a possible resource for a child, please speak to your caseworker or the caseworker for the child with your case specific questions.