The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is an agreement between all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands that provides for the movement and safe placement of children between states and territories. The ICPC ensures that children placed out-of-state are placed with caregivers who are safe, suitable and able to meet the child’s needs, and that these children receive the same protections, support services, and financial and jurisdictional safeguards as those placed intrastate.
Southwest Human Development – which has been providing these services since 1996 – is contracted with the Arizona Department of Child Safety to provide ICPC services for children in another state’s custody who are placed with caregivers in Maricopa, Pinal, Yuma or La Paz counties, as well as for children placed within or between these counties in Arizona.
What Services are Provided?
Our family support specialists complete comprehensive assessments of potential caregivers and their home environment. These assessments include a recommendation to ICPC for or against placement. Types of assessments include birth parent, relative, adoption and foster care licensing home studies. The type of study requested by the ICPC depends on factors such as child’s relationship to the potential caregiver and/or individual state requirements.
When a child is residing in an ICPC-approved placement in Maricopa, Pinal, Yuma or La Paz counties, our family support specialists provide supervision of the child’s placement. Family support specialists conduct home visits and provide supportive services to the child and family to ensure the success of the placement. Home visits occur a minimum of once every 30 days when placement in Maricopa, Pinal, Yuma or La Paz counties occurs and family support specialists provide updates and recommendations to the child’s case manager. Supervision services are continued until permanency is obtained for the child (adoption, guardianship, etc.) and the dependency in the sending county or state is dismissed.
Non-Minor Dependent Supervision Services
Southwest Human Development provides supervision services to youth ages 18 to 21 who voluntarily remain dependents of the court. Supervision services are provided to non-minor dependents who reside in Maricopa, Pinal, Yuma or La Paz counties while working an independent living program in another state or county. Non-minor dependents are assigned a youth support specialist who assists the youth in the transition from foster care to an independent, stable living environment. Services include assisting the youth in gaining and sustaining employment, formulating a support system and accessing community resources. Southwest Human Development utilizes social media and support groups to engage the youth in this program.
Who is Eligible?
All referrals to this program must come from the Arizona ICPC Administration Office or the Arizona Department of Child Safety.