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Parent study: 16.20* ICPC Parent/Guardian Expedited Assessment is used to conduct a study on a parent or stepparent pursuant to the ICPC.  This assessment is completed in twenty (20) calendar days.   


Permanency: Permanency for children involved in an inter-jurisdictional placement under the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children is defined as adoption, reaching the age of majority, becoming self-supporting or is discharged with concurrence in the following:  legal custody returned to parents; legal custody granted to relatives; permanent guardianship ordered with or without subsidy; and sending State’s jurisdiction terminated.  Once permanency for a child has been achieved, the ICPC incident is closed to further services.  Transfer of jurisdiction of a child to another State is not a permanency goal of the ICPC. Transfer of Jurisdiction is a legal transaction subject to the terms of the UCCJEA.


Party State or Member State:  U.S. State or Territory that has enacted into law the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children.


Placement:  The arrangement for the care of a child in a family free or boarding home (with parents, other relative or non-agency guardians) or institution such as licensed Residential Treatment Facility or licensed Group Homes.


Placement Categories:  ICPC Regulation #3 identified four (4) types of placement categories:  (1) Adoptions:  Placement preliminary to an adoption (Independent, private or public agency adoptions); (2) Licensed or approved foster homes: Placement with related or un related caregivers; (3) Placements with parents and relatives:  when a parent or relative is not making placement as defined in Article Viii (a) “Limitations” and (4) Group Homes/Residential treatment placements of all children: including adjudicated delinquents in institutions in other states as defined in Article VI and Regulation No. 4.  


Placement Services Division (PSD):  (TN DCS Glossary) A DCS term is used to identify a combined division which include staff previously know as Foster Parent Support Unit or Residential Case Management Staff, Resource Managers, and Recruiters. This newly formed division is responsible for recruitment of DCS Resources Families, support to DCS Resource Families, and Placement of all children in DCS custody including referrals to private provider agencies.


Primarily educational Institution:  An institution which operates one or more programs that can be offered in satisfaction of compulsory school attendance laws, in which the primary purpose in accepting children is to meet their educational needs and which does not do one or more of the following: (a) accept responsibility for children during the entire year; (b) provide or hold itself out to provide child care constituting nurture sufficient to substitute for parental supervision and control or foster care; (c) provide any other services to children, except for those customarily regarded as extracurricular or co curricular school activities, pupil support services, and those services necessary to make it possible for the children to be maintained on a residential basis in the aforementioned school program or program.


Prospective Adoptive Parents:   Individual or Individuals with whom a child is placed as a preliminary to a possible adoption.  Prospective Adoptive Parents cannot be considered a non-agency guardian of the child for the purpose of determining applicability of the ICPC to the placement unless the individual would qualify as a lawful recipient of a placement of a child within having to comply with the ICPC as provided I n Article VIII (a).


Public Child Placing Agency: Any government child welfare agency or child protection agency or a private entity under contract with such an agency, regardless of whether they act on behalf of a state, county, municipality or other governmental unit and which facilitates, causes or is involved in the placement of a child from one  state to another.  

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Procedures Manual

Revised: January, 2012                                                                                                                           Page 76

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