Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC)

Marshall University works with the Bureau of Social Services to train DHHR staff and others in the community on the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC). 

The ICPC is a statutory agreement between all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands.  The agreement governs the placement of children from one state into another state.  It sets forth the requirements that must be met before a child can be placed out of state.  The Compact ensures prospective placements are safe and suitable before approval, and it ensures that the individual or entity placing the child remains legally and financially responsible for the child following placement.  

  • Training – Is provided to all child welfare staff within the DHHR, Bureau for Social Services.  Training is also offered to others that work with child welfare including Judicial staff, CASA, and other providers.   
  • Population –  At any given moment, any child under the Jurisdiction of the court could be impacted by the ICPC if they required placement outside the state of WV.  This could include placement with relatives, foster care, adoption, or residential treatment facilities.    
  • Counties Covered – Statewide  
  • Agency Partners – Oversight and management is handled within WVDHHR- Bureau for Social Services (BSS) 


Tammy Pearson
Tammy Pearson, MA
Senior Associate Director

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