CHFS requires any out of state agency wishing to place a child in Kentucky to submit an Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) referral packet to the Kentucky ICPC Office by contacting (502) 564-2147 or CHFS.Interstate@ky.gov.
In accordance with federal law, the foster care or adoption home study is to be completed within thirty (30) calendar days, but not to exceed sixty (60) calendar days, that the initial request is received by the Kentucky ICPC office. This timeframe does not include the required training and FBI fingerprint checks, as it may take longer for these items to be completed.
The Kentucky ICPC Office will reject or return incomplete requests.
The Kentucky ICPC office:
- Reviews the request and referral packet within three (3) business days of receipt; and
- Sends a hard copy of the home study referral, via email or regular mail, to the appropriate R&C FSOS; and
- Indicates the expected return date for their home study and placement recommendation.
The R&C worker:
- Follows procedures outlined in SOP 12.3 Resource Home Approval Process and:
- Notes that all the requirements outlined in SOP 12.3 must be completed for the foster care/adoptive home study with the exception of the required:
- Cabinet approved training; and
- Fingerprint checks by the Kentucky State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigations;
- Completes the interstate foster care/adoptive home study within thirty (30) calendar days and may not exceed sixty (60) calendar days;
- Mails or e-mails the home study to the Kentucky ICPC office upon completion (excluding the required training and FBI fingerprint checks);
- Provides written confirmation to the Kentucky ICPC office whether or not the required training and fingerprint checks have been completed.
The Kentucky ICPC office:
- Forwards the preliminary foster care/adoptive home study to the requesting state (with the exception of the required training and fingerprint checks);
- Holds the ICPC-100A until the SSW provides written confirmation to the Kentucky ICPC office whether or not the required training and fingerprint checks have been completed;
- Forwards the final foster care/adoptive home study and signed ICPC-100A to the requesting state for placement approval if all requirements have been met;
- Denies the placement via the ICPC-100A, mails it to the requesting state, and closes the case if the foster care/adoptive home study is denied;
- Copies the FSOS on all correspondence to/from the requesting state.
- The complete foster care/adoptive home study includes the narrative, letter of approval or denial, background check results, and training record.
- Placement approval is valid for six (6) months from the date on the ICPC 100A.
- The request for a foster care/adoptive home study that has been previously completed and approved is shared in accordance with SOP 30.11 CPS Open Records Requests and Disclosure of Information.
- If an ICPC case transfers from foster care to adoption, a new ICPC referral will be required.
- As with all foster care cases, reasonable efforts for interstate placement cases must be made in accordance with KRS. 620.140, per KRS 610.127,unless reasonable efforts are not required.