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.

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.
  • Private placements for adoption and specialized residential care.

Texas Law

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.

  • The ICPC is codified in Texas Family Code Chapter 162 Adoption, Section 162.101.
  • Rules are in the Texas Administrative Code Title 40, Part 19, Chapter 700.1901.
  • DFPS policy and procedures are set forth in Section 9000 of the Child Protective Services handbook.

State Office

You may reach the Interstate Compact Placement of Children (ICPC) state office at the following:

Administrator

Interstate Compact Placement of Children
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
701 W. 51st. St. MC W-223
Austin, TX 78751
(512) 438-5646

State Office

Interstate Compact Placement of Children
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
701 W. 51st. St. MC W-223
Austin, TX 78751


Who to Contact for Specific Requests

For specific requests, you may reach out to the following contacts:

Type of Request Contact Name/Email Telephone/Fax
All public RTC and expedited requests Denise Ceder
Texas ICPC Team Lead
(512) 422-3905
(512) 339-5815 (fax)
All public ICPC requests incoming or outgoing,
A - G
(oldest child's last name)
Roya Carver
Texas ICPC Specialist
(512) 750-5696
(512) 339-5815 (fax)
All public ICPC requests incoming or outgoing,
H - P (oldest child's last name)
Carolyn "Rene" Blake
Texas ICPC Specialist
(737) 249-8371
(512) 339-5815 (fax)
All public ICPC requests incoming or outgoing,
Q-Z
(oldest child's last name)
Zanell Dorsey
Texas ICPC Specialist
(512) 993-4713
(512) 339-5815 (fax)
All private and independent adoptions & residential placements,
A - L
(oldest child's last name)
Ruben Mancillas
Texas ICPC Administrative Assistant
(737) 249-8402
All private and independent adoptions & residential placements,
M - Z
(oldest child's last name)
Cheryl Fell
Texas ICPC Administrative Assistant
(512) 939-2401

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