Adopting across state lines: What you should know

by | Sep 14, 2020 | Adoption |

Sometimes, finding a child to adopt can be difficult.  You may find that you are matched with a birth parent in another state which means you will be adopting from a state other than where you live.  If you want to adopt a child from another state, this is commonly referred to as an interstate adoption.  If you are considering an interstate adoption, then you must be aware of  the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). Each state requires compliance with ICPC in interstate adoptions.  

When you adopt across state lines, you will have to comply with ICPC in both the sending and receiving states.   A very detailed packet must be submitted to the ICPC office in each state and then the packet is reviewed by each state.  You will be allowed to take the child across state lines once the placement is approved by the Interstate Compact office of both the sending and receiving state.  

Is it harder to adopt across state lines?

It is a little more complicated to adopt across state lines.  This is why it is so important to have an experienced attorney working with you every step of the way.  An experienced adoption attorney who has handled several interstate adoptions is essential to your case.  If you are not represented by an attorney with this type of experience you can expect significant delays and added costs to your adoption.  

If you plan to go through with an interstate adoption, it’s important to work with someone who routinely handles interstate adoptions.  Be sure to get in touch with them as soon as you are matched.  Their guidance will be very valuable.