National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment

Resources for Interjurisdictional Placements


It’s the Law – States Must Consider Interjurisdictional Placements

Federal law makes it clear that States are not allowed to use jurisdictional barriers as a justification for delaying or denying permanency for a child. As specified in the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 and reinforced by the Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act of 2006, States are required to consider interjurisdictional placements.


How We Can Help

We have a variety of services and tools to help your agency embrace interjurisdictional placements as a great option for achieving permanency, demystifying the process, and supporting your efforts in working across jurisdictional boundaries:


Key Elements for Effective
Interjurisdictional Placements


Interjurisdictional placements involve placing a child for foster care or adoption with a family who lives in a different jurisdiction from the one responsible for the child. For example, in a county-based child welfare system, you may encounter interjurisdictional issues between county departments and courts. More often, however, the term interjurisdictional is applied to placements involving movement of a child across state, territory, or national boundaries.

To support successful interjurisdictional placements, your agency should: 

  • Establish that permanency has priority over geography
  • Educate various stakeholders (staff, judges, private agencies) about interjurisdictional laws, policies, and procedures
  • Evaluate internal policies and procedures related to interjurisdictional practice
  • Operate with a can-do attitude and be a barrier buster
  • Develop a tracking system to monitor the progress of the case through the interstate placement process
  • Include interjurisdictional options in child and family preparation
  • Use online resources and tools that support interjurisdictional practice (such as registering your agency with AdoptUSKids for free photolisting services)
  • Develop partnerships to better facilitate interjurisdictional placements (such as border agreements, purchase-of-service contracts, etc.)
  • Request consulting and technical assistance to bolster system-wide policies and practices that support interjurisdictional work


Interjurisdictional Materials You Can Use



Free Interjurisdictional Consulting
and Technical Assistance


We offer free consulting services for public agencies, including on-site and off-site technical assistance that can be customized to meet your agency’s needs. Whether you work for a State, Tribe, or Territory, we’re here to help you find more timely permanency options for your agency’s waiting children through the use of interjurisdictional resources.


Free Photolisting Services


Photolistings and adoption exchanges play a vital role in facilitating interjurisdictional placements. There are thousands of home study-approved families on our website just waiting to provide a permanent home to children in foster care. Find out how to identify hundreds of possible matches for children on your caseload by registering your agency with AdoptUSKids.


Ideas from the Field


Other Organizations With
Interjurisdictional Resources


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