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Information on Interstate Compacts


Interstate compacts are agreements between and among States that focus on one issue and generally include policies, regulations, and standards agreed upon by its members. Interstate compacts are not federal law, but States that exercise joinder in the compacts do so with the permission and authority of their individual State legislative bodies.


Interstate Compacts on Adoption and Foster Care

There are two interstate compacts for adoption and foster care that exist to help States streamline the process of complying with federal laws against using jurisdictional barriers as justification for delaying or denying permanency for a child. These compacts include the:

How We Can Help You With Interstate Placements

Interstate placements are also commonly referred to as interjurisdictional placements. We have a variety of services and tools to help you embrace interjurisdictional placements as a great option for achieving permanency, demystifying the process, and supporting your efforts in working across jurisdictional boundaries. Find out more about our resources for interjurisdictional placements.

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