Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children Project

ICPC governs the placement of children outside of the state in which foster care proceedings are initiated.  ICPC has been identified by survey and by focus group as a major cause of delay for a percentage of cases.  ICPC is also a source of frustration within the legal community, often because the status of cases and the reasons for delay are so difficult to ascertain.  Since 2012, J4C has contracted with part-time Juvenile Court Judge Britt Hammond to negotiate border agreements with neighboring states to facilitate the placement of children across state lines.  Border agreements have been signed with Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama as a direct result of this effort.  Judge Hammond has continued negotiations to enlarge the scope of these agreements, and also meets with DFCS leadership to assist in implementation of national best practices related to ICPC.