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Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is a uniform law enacted by all fifty states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.

The Purpose of ICPC is to ensure that children placed out of their home state receive the same protections and services that would be provided, if they remained in their home state.

In support of the ICPC, Texas law requires that adoption petitions and petitions for managing conservatorship filed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) or any non-parent include a verified allegation of compliance with the ICPC or a statement of the reason for noncompliance. TEX. FAM. CODE 162.002 (b).

Authority

  • The ICPC is codified at Texas Family Code go to Chapter 162. Adoption then to 162.101
  • Rules are in the Texas Administrative Code at Title 40, Part 19, Chapter 700.1901
  • DFPS policy and procedures are set forth in Section 9000 of the CPS Handbook.

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Administrators

Compact Administrator
Gail Gonzalez
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
PO Box 149030 MC W-223
Austin, TX 78714-9030

Deputy Compact Administrator
Gina Gelnett
email
Texas Interstate Compact Office (TICO)
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
PO Box 149030, W-223
Austin, TX 78714-9030
(512) 438-5141

Regular mailing address Express Mail

TDFPS
Texas Interstate Compact Office
Att: Deputy Compact Administrator
P.O. Box 149030 MC W-223
Austin, TX 78714-9030

TDFPS
Texas Interstate Compact Office
Att: Deputy Compact Administrator
701 W. 51st. St. MC W-223
Austin, TX 78751

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Who to Contact

Who They Are What They Do

Deputy Compact Administrator
Gina Gelnett
Phone: (512) 438-5141
Gina.Gelnett@dfps.state.tx.us

All Residental Treatment Center (RTC) requests.

Texas ICPC Specialist
Denise Ceder
Phone: (512) 438-2878
Denise.Ceder@dfps.state.tx.us

All Public home study requests with the oldest child's last name beginning with A - H.

All Incoming Private/Independent Adoptions with the oldest child's last name beginning with A - H.

Texas ICPC Specialist
Rebecca Pope
Phone: (512) 438-4957
Rebecca.Pope@dfps.state.tx.us

All Public home study requests with the oldest child's last name beginning with I- Q.

All Incoming Private/Independent Adoptions with the oldest child's last name beginning with I - Q.

Texas ICPC Specialist
Jonathan Levit
Phone: (512) 438-3567
Jonathan.Levit@dfps.state.tx.us

All Public home study requests with the oldest child's last name beginning with R- Z.

All Incoming Private/Independent Adoptions with the oldest child's last name beginning with R - Z.

Texas ICPC Administrative Assistant
Ruben Mancillas
(512) 438-5148
Ruben.Mancillas@dfps.state.tx.us
All Outgoing Private/Independent Adoptions with the oldest child's last name beginning with A - L.
Texas ICPCAdministrative Assistant
Cheryl Fell
(512) 438-2254
Cheryl.Fell@dfps.state.tx.us
All Outgoing Private/Independent Adoptions with the oldest child's last name beginning with M - Z.

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Note: Requests for ICPC home studies recieved by the Texas Interstate Compact Office (TICO) from another state are reviewed and forwarded to the appropriate Regional ICPC Coordinator for assignment and completion.
                                                                                                                                                                   
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