Interstate Compact Information

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children is a uniform law enacted by all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands to ensure protection and services to children who are placed across state lines for foster care, temporary placement for services in residential treatment facilities between party states, or as a preliminary to adoption. The compact establishes uniform guidelines and procedures to ensure these placements promote the best interests of each child.

Interstate Compact for Juveniles

The Department of Children's Services monitors the movement of youths on probation, or parole, coming into and out of Tennessee. The compact allows the state to return runaway youth to their home state.

The Interstate Commission for Juveniles (ICJ) is established to fulfill the objectives of the Compact, through means of joint cooperative action among the Compacting states to promote, develop and facilitate a uniform standard that provides for the welfare and protection of youths, victims and the public by governing the Compacting states’ transfer of supervision of youths, temporary travel of defined offenders and return of youths who have absconded, escaped, fled to avoid prosecution or run away.

Sources: juvenilecompact.org, (Authority: Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-4-101 (2017), Crime Control Act, codified in 4 U.S.C. § 112 (1965)

For more information on the Interstate Compact for Juveniles, please visit that section.



Common questions about the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children: 

  • How do I move my grandchild or minor relative from another state?
  • How do I send my minor relative child to another state to live?
  • What forms do I need for ICPC?
  • I want to adopt a child from another state, what do I need to know about ICPC?

Types of placements covered:

  • Placement preliminary to adoption
  • Placements into foster homes, group homes, residential treatment facilities, and institutions
  • Placements with parents or relatives when a parent or relative is not making the placement
  • Placements of adjudicated delinquents in institutions in other states


Not all placements of children into other party states are subject to compliance with the compact. Compact compliance is not required for placements made in medical or psychiatric hospitals, institutions for the mentally ill or in boarding schools, or any institution primarily educational in nature.

The compact must be used by:

  • A state party to the compact, or any officer or employee of a party state
  • A subdivision of the party state, such as a county or city, or any officer or employee of the subdivision
  • A court of a party state
  • Any person (including parents and relatives in some instances), corporation, association, charitable agency, or other entity which sends, brings, or causes to be sent or brought any child to another party state

Learn More:

Interstate Compact Reference Guides

Interstate Compact Forms

Interstate Compact Contacts