About our Interstate Compact on the placement of Children services

Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Services (ICPC)

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is a contract among the 50 states and several U.S. territories authorizing states to work together to ensure that children who are placed across state lines for foster care or adoption receive adequate protection and support services. It sets forth the requirements that must be met before a child can be placed out of state. The ICPC agreement 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. The Children’s Community Programs of CT, Inc. (CCP) receives referrals from the CT Department of Children and Families to provide the ICPC services to children that are deemed therapeutic in the sending state. CCP has received referrals from MA, NH, NY, SC, and IN, which have all resulted in contracts for CCP to provide the ICPC services to the child and family here in CT. Typically, the ICPC contracts are 6 months or until permanency has been achieved for the child.

Program goals

  • Ensuring that Children are Placed with Caregivers who are Safe, Suitable and able to Meet the Child’s Needs.
  • Placing Children with Biological Family Members, with a Kinship Resource, or Fictive-Kin Resource 
  • To have Families Trauma-Informed and Equipped with Skills Specific to the Child they are Receiving
  • Decrease Chances of Disruptions for the Child and Family
  • Improving Family Relationships
  • Helping Families Members Develop Solutions to Family Problems
  • Creating Stability for the Child and Foster Family until Permanency is Achieved
  • Achieving Permanency
  • Preparing Family for Post-Permanency Work and Resources Available to Them


  • Provide therapeutic support to the child and family
  • Case management
  • Visits in the home, in school, or in the community
  • Full assessments and background checks of all prospective foster families
  • All pre-licensing and post-licensing training for the prospective families
  • Completed home-study for all prospective families
  • Monthly reports on the welfare of the child to the sending state

Program Highlights

  • In-home therapeutic support provided by Care Managers
  • Care Managers continuously assess children for additional services throughout their involvement in the program from pre-placement to discharge
  • Case Managers prepare children for permanency in their current placement
  • Development of a comprehensive care plan
  • Connecting the child and family with any other support within the community
  • 24/7 support is available to foster parents and children placed in the home to address emergency situations.
  • Specialized pre-placement and ongoing quarterly foster parent training is provided for foster parents to address the emotional, behavioral, and educational needs of children placed in our homes
  • Short-term respite care is provided for foster parents who need a break
  • All foster parents receive a generous foster parent stipend
  • Clinical oversight of the program provided by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) clinical Program Manager
  • Have built relationships and provided ICPC services to multiple states