The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) is a compact that has been enacted by all 50 States, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, authorizing them to work together to ensure that children who are placed across state lines for foster care or adoption receive adequate protection and support services. The ICPC establishes procedures for the placement of children across state lines and fixes responsibility for agencies and individuals involved in placing children.

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.

To What Types of Placements Does the ICPC Apply?

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children applies primarily to two types of placements:

  • Placements of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect; and
  • Private placements for adoption and specialized residential care.

How Can Requests Be Submitted?

Requests can be submitted to the Texas Interstate Compact Office (TICO) by mail, email or fax using these required forms:

ICPC requests can include:

  • Placing children from other states into Texas.
  • Placing children from Texas into other states. This type of request includes:
    • Placements by a parent or by Juvenile Probation into a Residential Treatment Center (RTC) in another state.
    • Placements by a private adoption agency or attorney into another state for the purpose of adoption.