Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) - 431-0273-23

Description of Agency

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is a federal compact implemented in State law for the interstate placement of children in foster care, adoption, and residential placements. ICPC membership includes all U.S. States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Day-to-day ICPC operations, including referrals, placements, and supervision activities, are governed by ICPC regulations and State policy. The ICPC ensures protection and services to children placed across state lines by establishing procedures to verify that interstate placements are safe, suitable, and able to provide proper care for a child. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) interstate compact office administers ICPC activities in Michigan by working with other states’ central compact offices, local private placement agencies, and MDHHS local county offices.

MDHHS had 945 active ICPC cases as of June 30, 2023 consisting of 451 cases for out-of-state children to be placed in Michigan and 494 cases for Michigan children to be placed in other states.

Audit Objectives

  • To assess the sufficiency of MDHHS’s efforts to ensure the safe placement of children across state lines and comply with
    required time frames for certain interstate placement activities.


Estimated Release Date: Mid 2024

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