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being, and mental, emotional and physical development.  As defined under the Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Children in Foster Care Act, the conclusion of a “home study” conducted under this provision is to address the safety and appropriateness of this resource and to address the appropriateness of the placement of the specific child involved in the ICPC transaction.  

Hospital or other medical facility:  An institution for the acutely ill which discharges in patients when they are no longer acutely ill, which does not provide or hold itself out as providing child care in substitution for parental care or foster care and in which a child is placed for the primary purpose of treatment of an acute medical problem.


Independent Adoption Entity:  Any individual authorized in the sending state to place children for adoption other than a state, county or licensed private agency.  This could include courts, private attorneys and birthparents.


Institution for the Mentally Ill or Mentally Defective:   A facility which is responsible for the treatment of acute conditions, both psychiatric and medical, as well as such custodial care as is necessary for the treatment of such acute conditions of the minors who are either voluntarily committed or involuntarily committed by a court of competent jurisdiction to reside in it.  Developmentally disabled has the same meaning as the phrase “mentally defective.”


Interjurisdictional Placement Under the ICPC: The arrangement for the care of a non-delinquent child in the home of his parent, other relative or non-agency guardian or a family free or boarding home or in a child-caring agency or institution or a licensed residential treatment facility across State lines which is subject to compliance with the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children and P.L. 109-239 “Safe & Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act of 2006”.  Placement may be temporary or long-term resulting in permanency for the child.  ICPC placement compliance is not required for inter-jurisdictional placements of a child with any institution licensed or certified to care exclusively for the clinically mentally ill, or clinically mentally defective or epileptic or any institution licensed or certified as primarily educational in character, and any hospital, or other medical facility.


Interstate:  Involving, connecting or existing between two or more states.


Intrastate:  Existing or occurring within a state


Interstate Compact Administrator:  (or ICPC Administrator) Refers to the Officer designated to coordinate activities under the Compact in their jurisdiction (state)  and who, jointly with like officers of other party jurisdictions, is designated the power to promulgate rules and regulations to carry out more effective the terms and provisions of the Compact .   


Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC):  A uniform law enacted by all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands that establishes orderly procedures for the placement of children across state lines into other party states for the purpose of foster care or preliminary to an adoption and fixes responsibility for those involved in placing the child.  

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Procedures Manual

Revised: January, 2012                                                                                                                           Page 74

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