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ICPC Advocacy

Prof. Vivek Sankaran has worked on reforming the system governing the interstate placement of foster children. Since the early 1960s, this process has been governed by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), a uniform state law adopted by each state. The ICPC has been subject to much criticism and, recently, a national effort has emerged to reform the Compact. The site provides basic resources to advocates interested in learning more about the Compact, and efforts to reform the process. If you have updates to this site or have questions regarding the Compact, please contact Prof. Sankaran at

You can find more information about the ICPC on the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children's website.



Prof. Sankaran presented a training on ICPC advocacy tips at the ABA Center for Children and the Law Conference in Washington, D.C.  Click here to view his PowerPoint. 

Prof. Sankaran conducted a training on how to represent clients when the ICPC is involved for the Michigan State Court Administrative Office. The webcast can be accessed at viewArchives.asp?affiliateID=128.


Why Can't The ICPC Apply To Parental Placements?

Sample motions for placements of children with birth parents without compliance with the ICPC:

Sample motion for priority ICPC home study:

Brief (Washington State) placement with parent does not require compliance with the ICPC:

Florida—best interests of child trumps strict compliance with the ICPC: