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​​​The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is an agreement among states to coordinate the transfer and placement of children across state lines.

Definition of ICPC

ICPC is uniform legislation. All 50 states are members, as well as the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. The provisions are the same in all member states. 
ICPC was adopted into law by the 1975 Oregon legislature. The legislation mandates that placement must be approved and monitored through ICPC when a child in state custody is placed with a resource in another state, or a when a parent is placing a child in a non-relative setting. 
Oregon ICPC legislation can be found in Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 417.200. ICPC procedures are covered in DHS policy (OAR 413-040-0200-0330).

Legal Requirements​

The law requires compliance with laws of both Oregon and the state receiving the Oregon child. Certain responsibilities, such as resolving problems regarding ICPC placement issues and monitoring placement status, are assigned to Oregon and the state receiving the Oregon child. Approval to place a child across state lines must be received through ICPC before the child is placed outside of Oregon. If a violation of the ICPC law occurs, the violator is subject to penalty in either state in accordance with its laws.

Placements Covered by ICPC

ICPC is required when: 

  1. A child is temporarily in the custody of the State of Oregon.
  2. A parent is placing a child in a non-relative setting (i.e., residential treatment facility, group home, adoptive home).
  3. A public agency is placing a child in an adoptive home.
  4. A private agency is placing a child in an adoptive home. For information on private adoptions in Oregon, see the non-departmental adoptions page.

Placements Excluded from ICPC

ICPC is not required when: 

  1. A child is placed in a boarding school or medical facility.
  2. A child is being placed by a relative with another relative and the child is not in the temporary custody of the State of Oregon.
  3. A child is visiting for no more than 30 days or the duration of a school break.


Specific forms are necessary for ICPC referrals. In order to access the forms and instructions, please view ICPC forms 100A and 100B. For private and independent adoptions, ICPC Genetic and Medical History of Child's Biological Family form is required.

For More Information

Vera James, Compact Administrator
500 Summer Street NE - E70
Salem, OR 97310-1068 
(971) 701-0772

For general information about ICPC and referral procedures, please contact ​  or (503) 945-6630.For specific case matters, please contact the assigned ICPC administrator. Case assignments are based on the oldest child's last name:

A - E   Patty McCartney, 971-707-1805

F - K   Marcy Stenerson, 971-707-1813

L - Q   Lillie Axen, 971-707-1849

R - Z   Amanda Kramer 971-707-1975

           Margie Salazar, 971-707-1990