The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children ensures protection and services to Florida children who are placed across state lines with parents, relatives, or in foster care and adoptive placements and for children from other states who are placed in Florida.
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. It establishes orderly procedures for the interstate placement of children and fixes responsibility for those involved in placing the child.
The Florida Interstate Compact Office is responsible for the day-to-day tasks associated with the administration of the Compact. This office is the central clearing point for all interstate placements, which include parent, relative, foster care, public adoption cases (children committed to the Department of Children and Families), residential treatment, and private adoption cases. The office is also responsible for ensuring that appropriate services and supervision are provided to the children and families that are served by both Florida and other states. It is also the responsibility of the Florida Interstate Compact Office to ensure all Florida case management agencies are aware of F.S. 409.401-405 and abide by such.