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Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Procedures

I.  Tennessee Children Placed in Another State:

Article III (a) and (b) and Article II (d): “Prior to sending, bringing, or causing any child to be sent or brought into a receiving state for placement in foster care or preliminary to a possible adoption, or in a child-caring agency or institution, the sending agency shall furnish the appropriate public authorities in the receiving state written notice of the intent to send, bring or place the child in the receiving state.”

A.

Referral:

1.

During the course of assessment, diligent search and/or permanency planning for a child and family or through contact from a parent, relative or significant kin, or filing of a petition or other document, TN Department of Children’s Services Regional personnel    identifies and documents potential placement resources for a child in accordance to appropriate law, designated policy, and best practice.    

2.

All placement considerations for children in the custody/ guardianship of the State of TN Department of Children’s Services are initiated within the context of a Child and Family Team Meeting (CFTM), Judicial or Foster Care Review as outlined in TN DCS Policy and Provider Agency Policy.  The CFTM will be appropriately documented by the assigned  TN DCS Regional staff in the Tennessee Family and Children’s Tracking System (TFACTS) as prescribed in those same policies.

3.

When an identified out of state placement resource is considered for placement of a child in the custody/guardianship of the State of TN Department of Children’s Services, the assigned TN DCS Regional staff is responsible to develop and initiate an ICPC Referral through the TN DCS State ICPC Office seeking compliance for the placement of the child with the identified resource.    

4.

The ICPC Referral will be entered into TFACTS by the assigned TN DCS Regional staff, who will electronically assign the Referral to the appropriate TN ICPC Administrator/Alternate in the TFACTS system.

5.

Concurrent with the entry of the ICPC referral into TFACTS, the TN DCS Regional PSD/RPS staff will enter the proposed ICPC resource home into TFACTS as a pending inquiry with the resource home type “DCS Resource Home” and sub-type “ICPC”.  Subsequently, the TN DCS Regional PSD/RPS staff will follow the necessary steps to include the ICPC resource home in TFACTS.  

6.

The TN DCS Regional staff is responsible to properly organize and collate one copy of the ICPC referral per requirements identified for the type of ICPC Referral.  The complete ICPC referral is submitted to the designated TN ICPC Administrator/alternate via electronic scan/ e-mail or mail.  The submission of the ICPC referral to the designated TN ICPC Administrator/Alternate in the TN DCS State ICPC office is secure and confidential.  All electronic mail will be properly executed with attachments or ZIP files.

7.

TN DCS Regional Staff utilizing electronic mail are not required to follow-up with a paper copy unless specifically requested by the TN DCS ICPC State Office Administrator/Alternate. TN DCS Regional Staff submitting an ICPC referral by mail or Express mail are required to submit one copy of a complete referral to the TN DCS State ICPC Office.

8.

The TN DCS Regional staff will maintain ICPC documents in the Family Case File per TN DCS Policy 31.5 Organization of Family Case Files. The Regional Family Case

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Procedures Manual

Revised: January, 2012                                                                                                                           Page 14

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