Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

10.25 Obtaining an Out of State Home Study

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter 10-Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
10.25 Obtaining an Out of State Home Study

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Legal Authority/Introduction



  1. The SSW makes a request through the Kentucky ICPC Compact Administrator for a home study of the out of state potential adoptive family if the child is not referred to the Kentucky Adoption Program Exchange (KAPE).
  2. The KAPE specialist asks the family to have their agency send a home study for review if the child has been referred to KAPE If the family has a copy of their home study they can also submit it to be used for initial screening to determine if they are a match for the child.
  3. The SSW or KAPE specialist submits a comprehensive referral packet to the following address when it is believed that the placement is appropriate and an adoptive referral is desired:

    Deputy Compact Administrator:
    Kentucky Interstate Compact Office
    275 East Main Street 3C-E
    Frankfort, Kentucky 40621

A  referral packet can also be emailed to :


Practice Guidance

  • The referral packet should contain (in the following order) a:
    • ICPC Cover Letter/Statement of Family Case Manager which is required by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), to include: 1
      • The child(ren)’s name, date of birth, race, sex and social security number;
      • The placement resource’s name, address, telephone number, social security number and relationship to the child(ren);
      • The SSW’s office address, telephone number and e-mail address; and
      • A brief overview regarding the adoptive referral request. 
    • Court commitment/custody orders current and dated within the last twelve (12) months;
    • Court order documenting the termination of parental rights (TPR);
    • Child’s current presentation summary packet;
    • Home study, if applicable or complete;
    • Non-Indian Affidavit;
    • Completed ICPC Financial/Medical Plan form regarding how the resource/Cabinet will meet the financial and medical needs of the child;
    • Signed Purchase of Services Agreement letter, if applicable;
    • Statement of After Placement Services form, if applicable;
    • Verification of Title IV-E eligibility;
    • Child(ren)’s birth certificate(s);
    • Social security card;
    • The original ICPC-100A Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Request requesting the home study and possible placement;
    • Recent medical health, mental health, and educational records; and
    • Most recent copy of the case plan.


  1. Click on cover letter link in the Forms and Resources box to complete the template provided.  This will create a consistent, uniform format to be mailed to the receiving state along with prompting the user to complete the necessary information required on the cover letter. 


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