DCF Participates in Congressional Briefing on Florida’s Interstate Compact System as a Model for Nationwide Implementation

For Immediate Release: Feb. 3, 2015

 DCF Participates in Congressional Briefing on Florida’s Interstate Compact System as a Model for Nationwide Implementation

TALLAHASSEE—Officials from the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) will today present to members of Congress regarding Florida’s success in streamlining the placement of children with permanent caregivers across state lines. Members of Congress will learn about Florida’s Interstate Compact System (ICS) which is the model for The National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) system which is being considered for adaptation across the country. The meeting is scheduled for today at 2 p.m. in Washington, D.C.

“We are honored to present this innovative project to members of Congress because we are proud that we have been able to use electric data exchange to help children find a stable home environment more quickly,” Secretary Mike Carroll said. “We are excited that our system is the model for protecting children and providing for their wellbeing nationwide.”

Florida has successfully used ICS since 2008 to place a child across state lines, so children who have been removed from their parents’ custody can be moved to stable homes more quickly. DCF has seen a substantial decrease in the length of time it takes to share information throughout the state and in the length of time to successfully place a child across state lines. The database has also resulted in significant cost savings in postage and paper amounting to nearly $100,000 annually.

The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children ensures protection and services to children who are placed across state lines with parents, relatives, or in foster care and adoptive placements. Approximately 3,000 children move in and out of Florida through the Interstate Compact each year. The Compact is a uniform law that has been enacted by all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

NEICE is operated by the American Public Human Services Association and its affiliate, the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, in partnership with the Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, the Children’s Bureau through a cooperative agreement.

For more information on the ICPC visit: www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/icpc.

Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450