The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

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The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is a law enacted by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands to provide for the protection and services to children placed across state lines. The Compact establishes uniform guidelines and procedures intended to safeguard the best interests of each child. New York was the first state to enact the ICPC in 1960 (NY Social Services Law 374-a).

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

The ICPC does not apply to interstate placements made in medical or psychiatric hospitals, institutions for the mentally ill, or in boarding schools, or any institution primarily educational in nature.

Effective 10/25/2022, the New York State Court of Appeals Opinion: In the Matter of D.L. v. S.B. et al. determined New York State no longer has the legal authority to process incoming or outgoing parent home study requests via the ICPC. Please reference:

The New York State ICPC Office is located within the OCFS Bureau of Permanency Services. This office administers the Compact and serves as the central clearing point for all incoming and outgoing ICPC referrals.

How to complete an ICPC Request

New York agencies and individuals seeking to place a child in another state under the ICPC should follow the appropriate link below for instructions.

Additional Resources

Contact New York State ICPC

52 Washington Street
Rooms 331-332 North Building
Rensselaer, NY 12144

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 placement resource for a child, please speak to your local caseworker or the caseworker for the child with your case specific questions.