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If there’s one thing we know about adoption, it’s that it’s never an easy path to walk down. For some, the roadblocks can take even longer to overcome. In this article, we’ll talk about just what exactly ICPC is, how it affects the adoption process, and why it’s important.

ICPC: What is it?!

ICPC stands for Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. For those parents who found the child of their dreams in another state than the one they live in, this process is usually the most dreaded. The purpose of ICPC is to legally transport the adoptee from one state to another in adoption placement. Compact is defined as a formal agreement between two or more parties or, in this case, states.

Typically, once the child is ready for adoption, the adoptive parents will make the travel to the home state of the child to accept placement of the child. Normally, the adoptive parents will wait in the state until the paperwork is complete. This can range from days to even weeks, some parents are luckier than others. Things like holidays or the need for additional paperwork can delay the process even more. Communication between caseworkers, the parents, and the state is necessary for a smooth process.

Why ICPC?!: Things You Need to Know

While the process may not always be quick and easy like we all hope, it is a necessary part of the adoption process. From those who have gone through the process, they can tell you to expect a lot of patience.

  • Your ICPC paperwork must be approved before you can leave the state where the baby was born.
  • The ICPC process can take 7-10 days, and longer in some cases. You should plan to stay in the birth state of your baby for at least two weeks, if not longer.
  • While it may seem like an inconvenience or not a big deal, ICPC is mandatory in out of state adoptions. Crossing state lines or not complying with the ICPC will put your adoption in jeopardy. It’s hard, but hang in there!

This process, like many in the adoption community, is long, tedious, and trying. However, looking back years after, holding your child in your arms, a few weeks will seem like no time at all. These are the weeks that made you stronger than you ever thought possible.

For more information on ICPC, contact us at Adoption Choices and we can help guide your down the path you’re looking for.

Cady Stokes is an NYU graduate and former intern at Writers House literary agency. She has written for numerous blogs such as Her Campus and The Odyssey. She currently lives in Chicago and can be found on LinkedIn and Twitter.