5600. Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

Approval: Jennifer Strus, Assistant Secretary

Effective Date: July 1984

Revised Date: October 31, 2014

Sunset Review: October 31, 2018


Purpose

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) governs the arrangement of all placements of children in CA care who cross state boundaries.

Laws

RCW Chapter 26.34 Interstate Compacts on Placement of Children

Safe & Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act of 2006 H. R. 5403

Policy

  1. HQ ICPC is responsible for administering and overseeing of the Compact to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations.
  2. Children requiring ICPC in or out-of-state placement must be placed in a safe and suitable environment, and with persons or facilities meeting qualifications of the state where the child is located, to provide for the care of the child.
  3. Child safety, permanency and well-being must be the focus throughout the home study process, supervision and ICPC closure.
  4. ICPC Offices are responsible for monitoring licensed group care facilities as guided by the Compact:
    1. Approving placement prior to sending the child.
    2. Monitoring the facility while the child is placed there.
    3. Preventing abandonment of a child in a residential facility in another state.
  5. ICPC must be followed when a child is placed across state lines in the following situations:
    1. Relatives or foster care placements for public child welfare agencies.
    2. Parent placement unless the court has found the parent to be fit and the placement with the parent is in the child's best interest as determined by the court.
    3. Adoption, including public child welfare agency and private independent adoptions.
    4. Group Care or Residential placements, public child agency and private parent placements.
  6. CA worker must notify HQ ICPC immediately if:
    1. A placement is disrupting and whether services are recommended to assist in stabilizing the placement, e.g., individual or family counseling, crisis intervention services, etc.
    2. A child is removed or can no longer remain in the approved placement home.
    3. Any intake received on a child placed in or out-of-state on an ICPC placement resource.
  7. The ICPC is violated in the following situations:
    1. Placing a child in or out-of-Washington without ICPC approval.
    2. Extending a visit.
    3. Establishing a permanent plan without HQ ICPC concurrence.
    4. Parents moving into an approved ICPC placement without HQ ICPC approval.
  8. Consequences if the compact is not followed (applies to in or out-of-state ICPC placements):
    1. A child may need to return to the state that has jurisdiction.
    2. A child in another state without ICPC approval does not receive courtesy supervision or services.
    3. ICPC request may not be processed or denied.
    4. Sanctions

Resources

ICPC Regulations- issued by the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

5601. Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Placed Out-of-State

Approval: Jennifer Strus, Assistant Secretary

Effective Date: July 1984

Revised Date: October 31, 2014

Sunset Review: October 31, 2018


Purpose

To seek a safe and suitable placement resource and courtesy supervision for a Washington State child placed out-of-state through the Interstate Compact.

Laws

RCW Chapter 26.34 Interstate Compacts on Placement of Children

Safe & Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act of 2006 H. R. 5403

Policy

  1. ICPC Out-of-State
    1. Request and Approval Process
      1. An ICPC request and approval is required prior to:
        1. Sending a dependent child out-of-state for placement with the following:
          1. Biological parent(s) - unless the court has found the parent to be fit and that placement with the parent is in the child's best interest.
          2. Relative(s)
          3. Foster home
          4. Adoptive home
          5. Residential program or group care facility.
        2. Sending an Indian child out-of-state if Children's Administration (CA) has jurisdiction or the Tribe has jurisdiction and would like to request an ICPC. The Tribe must agree to follow the content of the ICPC and the receiving state/Tribe agrees to complete the ICPC process as a courtesy.
      2. CA worker must contact the Washington State probation or parole office when a child is on probation or parole to verify the applicability of Interstate Compact on Juveniles prior to submitting an ICPC request.
      3. HQ ICPC must receive approval from the receiving state's ICPC Compact Administrator or alternate prior to a child's out-of-state placement.
      4. States may choose to contract out their ICPC home study or courtesy supervision services. Washington State cannot impose any restrictions on another state's decision to contract out for these services.
    2. Placement
      1. CA worker must place a child in an out-of-state placement within six months of the placement approval date on the ICPC Placement Request - 100A DSHS 15-092.
      2. CA maintains jurisdiction after a child is placed out-of-state and is responsible for the case work and financial obligations including medical and educational expenses.
      3. CA worker must request monthly health and safety visits from the receiving state.
      4. HQ ICPC receives Supervision Reports quarterly from the receiving state for a child in an approved parent, relative, foster or adoptive ICPC out-of-state placement. HQ forwards the report to the CA worker.
      5. A child placed out-of-state must return to Washington State within 5 business days if the receiving state requests return.
      6. CA worker must notify HQ ICPC if an ICPC violation has occurred and work diligently to come into ICPC compliance. Coming into compliance could include:
        1. Submitting an ICPC request to CA HQ.
        2. Returning a child to Washington State.
      7. HQ ICPC must maintain the ICPC record in FamLink.
      8. Written concurrence from the receiving state's ICPC office must be received prior to finalizing a permanent plan, changing a placement, or transferring custody.
    3. Closing an ICPC

      HQ ICPC closes the ICPC case when any of the following occur:

      1. A permanent plan for the child is achieved which occurs only after a period of supervision, placement stability and by agreement of the receiving state's ICPC office.
      2. A child is no longer placed in an approved placement.
      3. An approved ICPC placement will not be used.

Procedures

  1. ICPC Out-of-State
    1. Request and Approval Process
      1. CA worker submits a completed ICPC Placement Request - 100A DSHS 15-092 with supporting documents (See checklist located on the ICPC page on the CA Intranet) to HQ ICPC.
      2. HQ ICPC reviews and forwards the ICPC packet to the receiving state.
      3. CA worker must receive the following from HQ ICPC before placing a child out-of-state.
        1. An approved Home Study (not required for residential/group care).
        2. Approved and signed ICPC Placement Request - 100A DSHS 15-092
      4. CA worker must review the receiving state's home study to determine whether it adequately evaluates the safety, suitability and competence of the caregiver(s). Note: home study requirements vary in each state and are completed according to the laws and regulations of the receiving state, e.g., fingerprint based background checks for relative placements are not completed in every state.
      5. CA worker may resubmit a placement request to HQ ICPC if the placement request is denied and the reasons for denial have been corrected. The receiving state may, at its discretion, accept the new request.
      6. CA worker submits the ICPC Report on Child's Placement Date or Change of Placement- 100B if the approved placement will not be used.
    2. Placement
      1. CA worker submits the ICPC Report on Child's Placement Date or Change of Placement- 100B within 5 business days of placement to HQ ICPC.
      2. HQ ICPC forwards the 100B form to the receiving state.
      3. CA worker is responsible for travel per Travel Policy.
      4. CA worker initiates foster care payment for a child placed in an approved foster placement.
      5. HQ ICPC forwards quarterly supervision reports for parent, relative, foster and adoptive homes to the CA worker.
      6. CA worker must contract for health and safety visits for children in group care or as otherwise required and not provided.
      7. CA worker must review supervision reports to assist in case planning, and to initiate any services that would benefit the placement.
      8. CA worker must work with his/her regional contracts manager to initiate and pay for services out-of-state.
      9. CA worker must notify HQ ICPC if an ICPC violation has occurred and work diligently to come into ICPC compliance. This could include:
        1. Submitting an ICPC request.
        2. Returning a child to Washington State.
      10. CA worker must request written concurrence through HQ ICPC. Concurrence only occurs after a period of supervision and placement stability.
    3. Closing an ICPC
      1. CA worker receives concurrence from the receiving state ICPC office, completes the permanent plan and submits the 100B and appropriate court order to HQ ICPC.
      2. CA worker submits 100B when a child returns to Washington State, the approved placement is not utilized or a child is no longer in the approved ICPC placement.
      3. HQ ICPC forwards the 100B and court order to the receiving state ICPC office to close the compact agreement.

Forms and Tools

ICPC Page on the CA Intranet

  • ICPC Checklist
  • Financial and Medical Plan
  • Border Agreement

Resources

5602. Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Placed in Washington State

Approval: Jennifer Strus, Assistant Secretary

Effective Date: July 1984

Revised Date: October 31, 2014

Sunset Review: October 31, 2018


Purpose

To assess the safety and suitability of a placement resource and provide courtesy supervision at the request of a sending state for a child placed through interstate Compact in parent, relative, foster and adoptive homes in Washington State.

Laws

RCW Chapter 26.34 Interstate Compacts on Placement of Children

Safe & Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act of 2006 H. R. 5403

Policy

  1. ICPC In-State
    1. Request and Approval Process
      1. CA HQ ICPC receives a written request from another state to assess a placement resource.
      2. HQ ICPC approval is required before a child is placed in Washington State.
      3. HQ ICPC must document the placement request information in the ICPC record.
      4. Washington State may choose to contract out its ICPC home study or courtesy supervision services.
    2. Placement
      1. The sending state must place a child in Washington within six months of the placement approval date noted on the 100A form.
      2. The sending agency maintains jurisdiction and is responsible for the case work and financial obligations for the placement.
      3. CA worker must complete monthly health and safety visits.
      4. CA worker determines the placement no longer meets the needs of the child. The child may be removed from his or her home and placed in a safe and appropriate setting. The CA worker will notify HQ ICPC and the sending state.
      5. CA worker must submit quarterly supervision reports for biological parent, relative, foster or adoptive homes to the HQ ICPC office. HQ ICPC sends quarterly supervision reports to the sending state's ICPC office.
      6. HQ ICPC can request a child return to the sending state within 5 business days if the placement is no longer in the best interest of the child.
      7. The sending state cannot move toward finalizing a permanent plan until a period of supervision, placement stability and with a written recommendation from HQ ICPC.
    3. Closing an ICPC

      HQ ICPC closes the compact agreement when any of the following are met:

      1. A permanent plan for a child is achieved which occurs only after a period of supervision, placement stability and with agreement from HQ ICPC.
      2. A child is no longer placed in an approved placement.
      3. An approved ICPC placement will not be used.

Procedures

  1. ICPC In-State
    1. Request and Approval Process
      1. HQ ICPC receives the home study request and sends it to Central Intake for a non-CPS intake and case creation.
      2. HQ ICPC sends the home study request to the Washington State local office for assignment.
        1. Division of Licensed Resources completes relative, foster and adoptive home studies following the Family Home Study Guide.
        2. Division of Children and Family Services completes the parent home study using the Parent Home Study Guide.
      3. CA worker sends the completed home study with placement recommendations by the due date on the ICPC request. If the home study is not completed by the due date, a preliminary report or closing letter must be provided.
      4. The completed home study or closure letter is due no later than 180 calendar days after assignment.
      5. HQ ICPC will send the home study or closure letter and 100A placement decision to the sending state.
    2. Placement
      1. HQ ICPC sends notification to the local supervisor to begin supervision.
      2. Local office supervisor assigns the case for courtesy supervision.
      3. CA worker must complete the first health and safety visit no more than 30 calendar days after HQ ICPC case assignment to the local office is made. Continue monthly visits until HQ ICPC provides written notification to stop courtesy supervision.
      4. CA worker may remove the child and place he or she in a safe and appropriate placement if the ICPC placement no longer meets the needs of the child.
        1. CA worker must notify HQ ICPC and the sending state immediately.
        2. CA worker may place the child in a licensed facility or with relative or suitable persons using the Unlicensed Placements under Emergent and Urgent Circumstances procedures.
        3. In cases where the placement resource is uncooperative, and present danger exists, the CA worker must take a protective action.
        4. If a shelter care hearing is held, inform the court that the child is placed in Washington State pursuant to ICPC and that another state maintains legal jurisdiction. CA, the sending state and courts will work together until the child is returned to the sending state.
      5. CA worker must complete a quarterly supervision report and send to HQ ICPC within 10 business days after the last home visit of the quarter. HQ ICPC forwards the report to the sending state. HQ ICPC requests a written recommendation from CA worker regarding finalization of the permanent plan upon the request of sending state.
      6. HQ ICPC reviews recommendations and provides written decision to the sending state and the finalization of the permanent plan can occur.
      7. HQ ICPC will inform the sending state ICPC office of any placement concerns.
    3. Closing an ICPC
      1. HQ ICPC notifies the CA worker of ICPC case closure when:
        1. A permanent plan is achieved and the 100B form and/or court order is received.
        2. Placement is no longer in the child's best interest and notification was provided to the sending state of compact termination.
        3. A child returns to the sending state.
      2. HQ ICPC will provide written notification to the CA Worker when the ICPC is closed.
      3. HQ ICPC closes the FamLink case.

Forms and Tools

  • ICPC closure letter DSHS 27-104
  • ICPC Parent Home Study DSHS
  • Family Home Study DSHS 10-043

ICPC Page on the CA Intranet

  • Quarterly Supervision Form
  • Border agreement
  • ICPC Parent Home Study Guide

Resources

  • Family Home Study Guide for Social Service Specialists on the DLR page on the CA Intranet
  • Interstate Compact for Juveniles (ICJ)RCW 13.24
  • Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (ICAMA)