Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

Interstate Adoption Lawyers in Colorado, Oklahoma, and New York

If you live in Colorado and want to adopt a child from another state, or if you want to adopt a child from Colorado and live in another state, this is referred to as an interstate adoption. The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) will apply, regulating the transfer of a child from one state to another. For an interstate adoption to proceed, both states must agree, and the ICPC must approve as well.

Interstate adoption can be tricky, but our Colorado adoption attorneys have the experience and know-how to deal with the ICPC. Contact us today!

ICPC Compliance & Your Adoption

As a part of our commitment to make the interstate adoption process easier for prospective parents, we have compiled information that can help you. Specific requirements must be met under the ICPC for an interstate adoption to be successful.

If you’re adopting a baby from another state, you should know:

  • ICPC paperwork must be completed and approved before you can take the baby back to your home state. Leaving without ICPC approval could jeopardize the adoption.
  • If may take anywhere from 7 to 10 business days for ICPC paperwork to be processed, so you should plan on staying in the baby’s home state for up to 2 weeks after the baby is born.
  • Instead of contacting the ICPC directly, you can leave it to our Colorado interstate adoption attorneys to contact the ICPC on your behalf while you are waiting for approval.
  • The ICPC process cannot begin until your home study is complete and approved, so make sure you have completed your home study and that it meets the requirements for your home state and the state where your baby is being born.

Colorado ICPC Requirements

You can view the specific ICPC requirements set forth by Colorado law by clicking here.

More State-Specific Information

If you want to find out more about a specific state, you can visit the ICPC website’s State Pages and click on the appropriate state on the map you see there. Click here to get started.

You can also find an Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorney by clicking here.

For skilled interstate adoption help in Colorado, Oklahoma, and New York, call Virginia Frank, Adoption & Surrogacy Attorney, at (303) 756-4673.

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