Florida Leads the Nation in Interstate Placement of Children Innovation

For Immediate Release:
January 3, 2014

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

Florida Leads the Nation in Interstate Placement of Children Innovation
Florida’s Interstate Compact System is the model for development of a national pilot

TALLAHASSEE— The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is leading the nation in streamlining placement of children across state lines. Florida’s Interstate Compact System (ICS) is the model for a national initiative being piloted for future adaptation across the country.

Under a grant from the federal government, the American Public Human Services Association, on behalf of its affiliate, the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), is developing a national electronic web-based system to improve efficiency in the administration of the ICPC. The system will be modeled after the Interstate Compact System (ICS) that DCF implemented in Florida to streamline information sharing throughout the state.

“Since we launched the system in Florida we have seen increased efficiency and ultimately a reduction in the time it takes to place children in stable homes,” Assistant Secretary for Programs and immediate past president of the Association of Administrators of the ICPC, Stephen Pennypacker said. “We are thrilled our system is the model for protecting children nationwide.”

The National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) system will be piloted over the course of 17 months. The system will benefit states that work together to facilitate foster care and adoptive interstate placements.

"The American Public Human Services Association and its affiliate, the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children are excited to be partnering with Florida and ACF’s Children’s Bureau on this groundbreaking innovation project," Anita Light, Deputy Executive Director said . "By taking their foundational work on a web-based data system to a national level, we will be able to demonstrate that a more efficient and accountable system will enable children to be placed more quickly into safe, permanent homes."

Florida has used ICS since 2008 and 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, so children who have been removed from their parents’ custody can be placed in stable homes more quickly. This database has resulted in significant cost savings in postage and paper amounting to nearly $100,000 annually.

ICPC 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.

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

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