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anyone adopted from state of Washington and lived in another state?

We are adopting in the winter months from a woman we know she will deliver the baby in Seattle and she would like us there for the birth. So I am thinking I need to start rolling how much time did it take to get everything you needed done beofre the child came? What questions were asked in the homestudy? Anything I should know about the instertate compact law does it really take 2 weeks? Anything else would be helpful. Thank you

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:59 PM on Aug. 2, 2009 in Adoption

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  • I'm in Washington and the Interstate Compact Agrreement process for placing youth in foster care out of state took a lot longer than 2 weeks!!!

    The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is an agreement among all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and is covered by legal statute in all states.

    The Compact applies to placements of minor children made from one state to another by public and private agencies, the courts, independent placers (i.e., physicians and attorneys), and individuals.


    Answer by PortAngeles1969 at 1:42 PM on Aug. 3, 2009

  • It is designed to:

    transition and monitor the child's placement;
    ensure agency services when a child is moved from one state to another for adoption, foster care, residential treatment, relative, or institutional care;
    ensure compliance with states' adoption laws;
    provide that children are returned to their original jurisdiction should the placement prove not to be in their best interest or should the need for out-of-state services cease.
    In adoption, the purpose of the ICPC is to make sure that:

    the adoption laws of the "sending" and "receiving" states' are observed,
    the movement of children across state lines meets all legal requirements, and
    the children are protected at all times.
    At the court finalization hearing, proof of compliance with the ICPC is required.


    Answer by PortAngeles1969 at 1:42 PM on Aug. 3, 2009

  • Rarely, exceptions may be granted; however, generally, failure to comply with the ICPC can have a range of consequences, including loss of license for a licensed agency.

    The ICPC is not without faults and both placing and adopting parents should be aware that while, in most cases, compliance with the Compact will be a smooth process, in others it could get sticky. In the event the laws of the "sending" and "receiving" states are different regarding a specific requirement of the Compact, the wording of the Compact appears to give precedence to the laws of the "receiving" state. However, according to "Reforming the ICPC", from the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, the Compact Administrator supports giving equal weight to both states' laws. Adoption professionals working with placing and adopting parents will ultimately be the ones to approach the ICPC administrators for the two states in order to find a solution

    Answer by PortAngeles1969 at 1:43 PM on Aug. 3, 2009

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