Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC)


When Children’s Placement Resources are located in another State

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is administered by DCFS. Nevada adopted ICPC in 1985, and every state in the US, as well as the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands, are members of this Compact. They work in concert with one another when placing children across state lines for the following types of placements.

    • Preliminary to adoption,
    • Placements into foster care, group homes, residential treatment facilities and institutions,
    • Placements with parents and relatives when a parent or relative is not making the placement or
    • Placements of adjudicated delinquents in institutions in other states.

      The purpose and policy of ICPC is to ensure that each child requiring placement in another state will be placed in a suitable environment and with persons or institutions having the qualifications and facilities to provide for the care of the child. To this end, a child’s safety, permanency and well-being are assured through the process of home study, licensing, if requested, and ongoing supervision of the placement.

        After forty years of operation, a new compact is nearing completion. This new compact is four years of hard work and collaboration among all member states. DCFS is participating in this process by providing feedback to the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), the agency charged with this monumental task. The new Compact will ensure accountability among the member states and better serve the needs of children.

          With child welfare services now fully integrated in Nevada’s two most populated counties, the DCFS ICPC Office continues to provide state and countywide oversight, technical support, quality assurance and administration.

            Important Links

            For more information on the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, Please contact:

            Shannon Foster at (775) 684-4418
            4126 Technology Way, 3rd Floor
            Carson City, NV 89706
            Fax: (775) 684-4456
            nvicpc@dcfs.nv.gov