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10.2 Priority Placement Request for a Kentucky Child (Regulation 7)

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Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter 10-Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
10.2 Priority Placement Request for a Kentucky Child (Regulation 7)

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Legal Authority/Introduction



The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) includes a provision, Regulation 7, to expedite certain cases involving out of state relative placements.  Those considered relative are parents, stepparents, grandparents, adult aunts or uncles, adult brothers or sisters or the child’s guardian.  If Regulation 7 does not apply, the child may still be placed, if appropriate, through a non-priority request (refer to SOP 10.3 Non-Priority Request to Place a Kentucky Child in Another State with a Parent or Relative).

The case must meet at least one of the following criteria in order to be considered a Regulation 7 case:

  • Unexpected dependency due to a sudden or recent incarceration, incapacitation or death of a parent or guardian;
  • The child sought to be placed is four (4) years of age or younger, including sibling groups sought to be placed with the same proposed placement resource;
  • The court finds that any child in the sibling group sought to be placed has a substantial relationship with the proposed placement resource. Substantial relationship means the proposed placement has a familial or mentoring role with the child, has spent more than cursory time with the child, and has established more than a minimal bond with the child;
  • The child is currently in an emergency placement; or
  • The court has made a finding that the child should be treated as a priority ICPC placement.

This regulation does not apply if:

  • The child is already in the receiving state in violation of ICPC;
  • The request for placement of the child is for foster care or adoption; or
  • The court places the child with a parent from whom the child was not removed, the court has no evidence the parent is unfit, does not seek any evidence from the receiving state the parent is either fit or unfit, and the court relinquishes jurisdiction over the child immediately upon placement with the parent.


The SSW:

  1. Determines if the child meets the criteria for priority placement;
  2. Immediately submits a recommendation to the court, requesting a court order for priority placement, if the child meets criteria (Regulation 7 Priority Placement Mandatory Court Language is linked above); and
  3. Sends a copy of the following documents to the Kentucky ICPC office within three (3) business days of receiving the signed court order:
    1. The court order for priority placement;
    2. ICPC-100A Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Request form; and
    3. A completed referral packet (Refer to ICPC Checklist).

The Kentucky ICPC office:

  1. Notifies the FSOS or SSW of receipt of the packet and accompanying documentation via email;
  2. Reviews the packet for accuracy and ensures that all necessary documentation is included;
  3. Notifies the SSW and FSOS immediately via email if there is missing information;
  4. Approves and signs the ICPC 100A; and
  5. Forwards the packet and accompanying documentation to the receiving ICPC office within two (2) business days.

When Kentucky children receive a priority placement:

  1. The receiving ICPC office notifies the receiving local child welfare office and requests that a priority placement home study be conducted.

The receiving local child welfare office:

  1. Conducts a priority placement home study no later than twenty (20) business days from the date the priority request was received; and
  2. Sends the completed home study to the receiving ICPC office.

The receiving ICPC office:

  1. Reviews and approves the home study; and
  2. Notifies the sending ICPC office that the home study has been approved, by sending the completed home study and approved ICPC-100A Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Request.

Contingencies and Clarifications

  1. If a child is removed from a caretaker in Christian, Trigg or Todd counties in Kentucky, and an appropriate relative is located in Montgomery county Tennessee, the SSW may follow provisions of the Tennessee/Kentucky Border Agreement for expedited placement.  Any questions regarding the border agreement should be directed to the Deputy Compact Administrator, who can be reached at (502) 564-2147.

Practice Guidance

  • The recommendation submitted to the court requesting priority placement should contain similar language to the following:
    • “Based on ICPC Regulation 7, this case meets the criteria for priority placement based on the following. . .”  Then list the specific criteria that apply to the child(ren).
  • The cover letter included with the referral packet should document that the case is entitled to priority placement and the specific qualifying criteria that apply to the child(ren).
  • The interstate compact may not apply when the court orders a child to be placed with a non-custodial parent who lives out of state.  In this situation, the two states must work together to come to an agreement regarding details of the child’s placement (refer to Regulation 3).
  • DCBS does not require that prospective out of state relative placements be licensed or approved for foster care prior to placement.  However, if the receiving state requires this certification, Kentucky will ensure all qualifications are met and will forward documentation to the appropriate ICPC office. 
  • Requests for parent or relative home studies outside of the United States are not governed by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children.  The SSW or FSOS may work directly with the child welfare agency in the specific country or the international social service, and can be contacted at the following address:
    • International Social Service—United States of America Branch, Inc. (ISS-USA)
      200 E. Lexington Street, Suite 1700
      Baltimore, MD 21202
      Telephone: 443-451-1200
      Fax: 443-451-1220

Related Information

The centralized intake telephone number for Tennessee is:

  • 1-877-237-0004.

This is the telephone number that should be utilized when initiating a placement utilizing the Kentucky/Tennessee Border Agreement.



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