Whenever a child is born in a state that is different from where you live, you need to receive approval from the Interstate Compact for Placement of Children, more commonly referred to as ICPC, before you can bring your child home. Heart2Heart Adoptions can assist you with this process.
This approval process can take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks. The state where the baby was born is referred to as the sending state, and the state where you live is the receiving state.
The purpose of ICPC is to ensure that each child that is placed across state lines is receiving appropriate care, ensuring both the sending and receiving authorities are able to make informed decisions on suitable placements, and establishing appropriate jurisdictional responsibility. The originating state retains jurisdiction over the child until jurisdiction ends when the child is adopted.
Heart2Heart Adoptions works through every step of the ICPC process.