Job & Family Services Office of Families and Children
The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is a statutory law in all fifty (50) states and is designed to ensure that children placed across state lines will be placed in a safe, suitable environment and with persons or in institutions qualified to care for the child. ICPC authorizes the placement of any child into or from Ohio. Out-of-state and Ohio agencies must have placements approved before the child enters or leaves Ohio for placement into a foster home, adoptive home, group home or institution. 

The Ohio Interstate Office provides oversight to assure that incoming requests for home studies, placements, and ongoing case supervision and services from Ohio agents and ICPC Offices in other states comply with Compact law, and all other applicable state and federal laws and administrative rules governing child safety, permanency, and well-being. The most prominent reason for placement is for reunification, adoption, and residential care.

For information or assistance regarding ICPC, please contact:
Heather Spencer
30 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio  43215
Phone:  (614) 752-1045
Email:  Ohio_ICPC_Office@jfs.ohio.gov

Ohio's ICPC functions are decentralized.  Each Ohio county PCSA has an Assistant Deputy Compact Administrator (ADCA) who handles all ICPC matters involving their county public agency.  Please see the list of County ICPC contact information.