Children can be adopted across state, county, and city lines. The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children - referred to as ICPC - establishes guidelines for this process to ensure that states understand and cooperate with these interstate adoptions. The current ICPC was drafted in 1960 and has been enacted by all states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Updates to the ICPC are currently being reviewed. If you are interested in adopting a child who does not live in your state, check with your caseworker to request that the child's worker be contacted or - if you are more comfortable - contact the child's worker yourself. Ask what that state requirements are for adoption and indicate your interest in the specific child. Once you know what is needed to proceed, you can take the necessary steps. It is not difficult to complete the interstate paperwork and we are here to help you and your worker navigate through the ICPC process. Just let us know what you need!
You can talk directly with our AdoptUsKids staff by calling 1-888-200-4005 or you can register online at firstname.lastname@example.org.