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                       INTERSTATE COMPACT ON THE PLACEMENT OF CHILDREN
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Children placed out of the state need to be assured of the same protection and services that would be provided if they
remained in their home states. The Compact is the best means to ensure protection and services to children who are
placed across state lines. The Compact is a uniform law that has been enacted by all 50 states, the District of Columbia,
and U. S. Virgin Islands. It establishes orderly procedures for the interstate placement of children and assigns
responsibility for those involved in placing the child. When Georgia enacted the Compact (March 23, 1977), it became
law, just as any other legislation passed by the state legislature. Under the terms of the law, the state agrees to follow
uniform procedures when it makes or accepts interstate placements of children. Since the Compact is also a contract
among the member states as well as a statute in each of them it must be interpreted and implemented uniformly by all
states.

The Interstate Compact accomplishes the following:

         Provides the sending agency the opportunity to obtain home studies (an evaluation of the proposed placement).

         Allows the prospective receiving state to ensure that the placement is not “contrary to the interests of the child,”
          and that its applicable laws and policies have been followed before it approves the placement.

         Guarantees the child legal and financial protection by assigning these responsibilities with the sending agency or
          individual.

         Ensures that the sending agency does not lose jurisdiction over the child once the child moves to the receiving
          state.

         Provides the sending agency the opportunity to obtain supervision and regular reports on the child’s adjustment
          and progress in the placement.


General Requirements

110.1

Requirement:

Any time a child (ren) is placed for the purpose of adoption, through a public agency, a private agency or
independently, either into or out of Georgia, the requirements of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of
Children (ICPC) must be followed.

Types of Placements Covered

110.2

Requirement:

The Compact applies to the following situations in which children may be sent to other states:

         Placements preliminary to an adoption.
         Placements made through private adoption agencies.
         Placements made through public adoption agencies.
         Placements made independently for purposes of adoption.

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Who Must Use the Compact?

110.3

Requirements:

The Compact clearly spells out who must use the Compact when they “send, bring or cause a child to be brought or sent”
to another member state. Those persons and agencies, called “sending agencies” are the following:

       Member states of the Compact, or any officer or employee of a member state.
       Subdivision, such as county, city or any officer or employee of a member state.
       Courts
       Any person (including parents and relatives in some instances), corporations, associations, or charitable agency of
        a member state.

NOTE: Not all placements of children in other states are subject to the Compact, or are all persons who place children out
of state.

The Compact does not include placements made in medical and mental health facilities or in boarding schools, or “any
institution primarily educational in character.” Also, specifically excluded from Compact coverage are placements of a
child made by a parent, stepparent, grandparent, adult brother or sister, adult aunt or uncle, or the child’s guardian. This
exclusion occurs only when both the placer and the placement recipient belong to the enumerated classes of individuals.

Definitions Used By the Compact
110.4

Requirement

“Child”- a person, who by reason of minority is legally subject to parental guardianship or similar control.

“Sending Agency”- a member state, officer or employee thereof; a subdivision of a member state, or officer or employee
thereof; a court of a member state; a person, corporation, association, charitable agency or other entity which sends,
brings, or causes to be sent or brought any child to another state.

“Receiving State”- the state to which a child is sent, brought, or caused to be sent or brought, whether by public
authorities or for placement with private agencies or persons.

“Interstate Home Study”- a home study conducted by a state at the request of another State, to facilitate an adoptive or
foster placement in the State of a child in foster care under the responsibility of the State.

“Timely Interstate Home Study” – an interstate home study completed by a State if the State provides to the State that
requested the study, within thirty (30) days after receipt of the request, a report on the results of the study. The preceding
sentence shall not be construed to require the State to have completed, within the thirty (30)-day period, the parts of the
home study involving the education and training of the prospective foster or adoptive parents.

Georgia is the Sending State for a State Agency Child

110.5

Requirement:

The following procedures must be completed prior to placing a DHR child into another state for the purpose of
adoption.

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110.5 Procedures:

1.   The child (ren)'s Life History must be registered (Refer to Section 103.19) with the Adoption Exchange, State
     Adoption Unit prior to initiation of the ICPC.

2.   Once Georgia receives the report from the other state, the report must be accepted as meeting requirements, unless
     within fourteen (14) calendar days of receipt, the determination is made that based on grounds specific to the report
     that reliance on the report will be contrary to the child’s welfare.

3.   Selecting the Out of State Family

     A.   Any out of state family selected for a child (ren) in the custody of DHR must meet all the requirements in
          Section 104.6 utilizing forms appropriate to the family's agency and state.

     B.   The out of state family usually has identified the child (ren) through a photo listing book, or a regional/national
          recruitment medium.

          1)    When an out of state family has identified a Georgia child, the out of state agency usually sends the home
                study direct to the county Case Manager in order to determine if the Georgia agency is interested in the
                family.

                a)          If, upon review and discussion with supervisor and County Director/Designee it is decided that the
                            out of state family is the family of choice for the child(ren), a copy of the home study shall be sent
                            at once to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator for review.

                            i)      The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will verify that the agency that completed the home study
                                    is licensed in their state.

                            ii)     The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will also check to make sure the surrender or termination
                                    on the child (ren) to be placed meets the legal requirements of the family's state. There
                                    are several states that do not recognize voluntary surrenders and require a court order
                                    terminating parental rights.

                            iii)    The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will notify the County Director/Designee of concurrence to
                                    proceed and any special circumstances that may need to be handled prior to referral of
                                    the ICPC packet to the family's state.

4.   Confirming Court Order

     A.   If the family's state requires a court order terminating parental rights:

          1)    Refer to Appendix G for a copy of a model petition and court order for a confirming court order or contact
                the ICPC Adoption Coordinator.

          2)    File the petition, with copies of the voluntary surrenders attached, in Superior or Juvenile Court, asking for
                a hearing as soon as possible.

          3)    This is not a termination action, therefore, there is no one to be served and it should be possible to have
                the hearing in a timely manner.

          4)    The court order will confirm that all parental rights are terminated based on the fact that voluntary
                surrenders were signed and not revoked within the ten (10) day period.

          5)    A certified copy of the petition and the order must be attached to the ICPC packet when it is submitted.

5.   Preparing and Submitting the ICPC Packet

     A.   The county Case Manager shall prepare the ICPC packet and forward it to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator.
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          1)    The ICPC packet must contain the following:

                a)          Five (5) completed copies of Form 100-A signed by the County Director/ Designee.

                b)          Three (3) complete copies of the child (ren)'s Life History, including a picture. One (1) copy shall
                            have names included on the background information and contain the original surrenders/court
                            orders and birth certificate.

                c)          A certified copy of the confirming court order and petition if applicable.

                d)          Medical/educational/psychological or developmental information, if applicable.

                e)          Financial/medical plan (ICPC Form 99)

                f)          Three (3) copies of the home study.

                g)          The original and two (2) copies of a cover letter which shall include the following:

                            i)      How the family was identified for the child (ren).

                            ii)     The reasons the family is the most appropriate placement for the child (ren).

                            iii)    The child (ren)'s eligibility for Adoption Assistance and how the family can apply if
                                    applicable (IV-E or State).

                            iv)     The tentative plans that have been made for placement visits and telephone staffing.

                            v)      Any additional information, explanations, or clarifications that is necessary.

6.   Forwarding the ICPC Packet:

     A.   The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will review the ICPC packet, add the certified legal papers, request any missing
          information or clarifications needed from the Case Manager, sign the Form 100-A and forward the packet to the
          ICPC Adoption Coordinator in the family's state.

     B.   The ICPC Adoption Coordinator in the receiving state will:

          1)    Review the information included in the ICPC packet.

          2)    Request any needed information or clarifications.

          3)    Forward one (1) copy of the packet to the family's agency for presentation.

          4)    If the family wishes to proceed with the placement, the ICPC Adoption Coordinator will sign the Form 100-A
                giving permission for placement and return two (2) copies to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator in the Georgia
                ICPC Office.

7.   Approval For Placement

     A.   The Georgia ICPC Adoption Coordinator will notify the county Case Manager, with a copy to the County
          Director/Designee that permission has been given for placement to proceed. A copy of the signed 100-A will be
          sent to the county at the same time.

     B.   Placement planning will then proceed in the usual manner as if two counties were involved (Refer to Section 105
          for requirement and procedures for placement planning).




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     C.   Form 100-B, indicating placement date, three (3) copies of Form 33/37, and (3) three copies of the placement
          narrative must be submitted to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator within five (5) work days of placement. Many
          states do not allow post-placement services to begin until they receive the Form 100-B.

8.   Post-Placement Reports

     A.   Post-placement reports shall be sent from the receiving agency in the family's state to the receiving state's ICPC
          Adoption Coordinator who will in turn forward the reports to the Georgia ICPC Adoption Coordinator who will
          forward them to the county Case Manager.

     B.   Frequency of post-placement visits and length of time during the post-placement period will be determined by
          the requirements of the family's state.

9.   Recommendation For Release And Consent To Adopt

     A.   The recommendation for release and request for consent to adopt should come from the family's state to the
          Georgia ICPC Adoption Coordinator.

     B.   The ICPC Adoptions Coordinator will contact the county Case Manager for concurrence.

     C.   If the county Case Manager and the County Director/Designee concur that it is appropriate to release the child,
          they will notify the ICPC Adoption Coordinator to prepare the Affidavit of Release and Consent to Adopt.

          1)    Occasionally, agencies in other states send legal papers directly to the county to be completed for the court
                in the family's state. Forward any papers received to the ICPC Office for processing.

          2)    The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will prepare the Affidavit of Release and Consent to Adopt and forward it to
                the agency in the family's state or directly to the family’s attorney.

                a)          A copy of the cover letter will be sent to the receiving state ICPC Adoption Coordinator, county
                            Case Manager and the County Director/Designee.

                b)          The family's agency will send the legal papers to the family's attorney in order for the petition to
                            adopt to be filed.

10. Finalization In The Other State/Submitting The File

     A.   Following finalization of the adoption, the family's agency shall forward through the receiving state's ICPC
          Adoption Coordinator to the Georgia Adoptions Unit:

          1)    A certified copy of the final decree of adoption.

          2)    Form 100-B indicating that the adoption has been finalized in the receiving state and ICPC services are
                terminated.

     B.   The ICPC Adoption Coordinator shall notify the county Case Manager and the County Director/Designee that the
          adoption is final and request that the records be prepared and submitted in the usual manner for sealing and
          retention.




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 Georgia is the Receiving State for a Child Placed By an Out of State Agency

 110.6

 Requirement:

 A request for an interstate adoption placement into Georgia must come through the ICPC Adoption Coordinator.
 A home study for purposes of placement of an out of state child can not be initiated until the Adoption Exchange,
 State Adoption Unit has evidence that the rights of at least one parent have been terminated or surrendered.

 110.6 Procedures:

 1.   If a request from an out of state agency comes directly to the county it should be immediately forwarded to the ICPC
      Adoption Coordinator and no action taken.

 2.   If a family approaches the county requesting that an adoptive home study is completed for an out of state agency:

      A.   Inform the family that home studies for out of state children are done by the county department and/or a private
           agency under contract with the State. The contract agency will only complete home study if a specific child(ren)
           is identified and the complete ICPC packet has been submitted by the out of state agency holding legal custody
           of the child(ren). The ICPC packet must contain evidence that the rights of at least one (1) parent have been
           terminated or surrendered.

      B.   If there is no specific child identified refer the family to the Office of Regulatory Services (404) 657-5562) for a
           list of current licensed private adoption agencies who can complete the required home study.

 3.   Specific Child Referred By Out Of State Agency

      A.   When a referral is received by the ICPC office, the ICPC Adoption Coordinator will review the packet to
           determine if all necessary information and legal documents are included and request any missing information.

      B. It is important that the legal documents be carefully reviewed to make certain that the adoption can be finalized in
         Georgia.

4.    Completing And Submitting The Home study

      A. If the sending state is requesting that a home study be completed by the receiving state for a public agency child
         (ren), the referral information will be forwarded to the agency under contract with the State to do adoptive home
         studies.

      B. The county department should initiate the home evaluation only after the official request from the Georgia ICPC
         office. The evaluation should be completed and sent to the Georgia ICPC office within forty-five (45) calendar
         days. Note: this policy refers specifically to the Interstate Home Study definition (Refer to section 110.4;
         there are two different definitions for the different types of home studies.)

      C. When the home study is completed, the original and two (2) copies are sent to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator.

      D. The ICPC Adoption Coordinator reviews the study for completeness.

      E. As a result of the Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act of 2006, P.L. 109-239, the
         receiving state is required to complete, report and return the results of a home study within sixty (60) days after
         the State receives the request. The education and training of foster parents does not need to be completed
         within the sixty (60)-day timeframe.

 5.   Approval for Placement



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     A. The state ICPC Adoption Coordinator will sign the Form 100-A giving/denying permission for the placement to be
        made and forward it along with two (2) copies of the home study to the sending state's ICPC Adoption
        Coordinator. (A copy of the signed 100-A will be sent to the contract agency.)

6.   Placement And Post-Placement Reports

     A.   The sending agency will forward placement narratives and Form 100-B through the sending state's ICPC
          Adoption Coordinator to the Georgia ICPC Adoptions Coordinator, who will in turn forward a copy to the contract
          agency notifying the Case Manager that the placement has occurred.

     B.   Post-Placement visits shall be made monthly by the contract agency as required by current policy in adoption
          cases.

          1)    Three (3) copies of each post-placement report shall be forwarded to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator as it
                is completed.

          2)    The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will forward two (2) copies of the report to the sending state ICPC Adoption
                Coordinator.

7.   Recommendation For Release And Consent To Adopt

     At the appropriate time the contract agency Case Manager will make the recommendation that the child (ren) be
     released by the sending agency to the adoptive family for finalization.

     A.   Three (3) copies of the recommendation shall be sent to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator.

     B.   The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will forward the recommendation to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator in the
          sending state.

     C.   The sending agency shall send the necessary documents for finalization to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator.

          1)    Certified copy of birth certificate.

          2)    Certified copy of surrender/termination documents.

          3)    Completed Form 413, if not already received.

          4)    Sending agency's affidavit of release and consent to the adoption.

     D.   If these documents are received in the county office, they should immediately be sent to the ICPC Adoption
          Coordinator.

8.   Finalization

     A.   The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will notify the contract agency Case Manager when the documents are
          received.

     B.   The contract agency Case Manager shall inform the adoptive family and tell them to request that their attorney
          write to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator for the necessary documents to file the petition.

     C.   When the county receives the petition they will process it in the usual manner.

9.   Closing And Submitting The File

     A.   The family shall be requested to notify the Case Manager when the adoption is finalized.

     B.   The Case Manager will complete Form 100-B showing adoption finalized and ICPC services terminated and
          submit it to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator.

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     C.   The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will send the Form 100-B and a copy of the final order of adoption to the ICPC
          Adoption Coordinator in the sending state.

     D.   The contract agency shall prepare and submit the adoption record to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator for sealing
          and retention in the usual manner (Refer to Section 113.2).

110.7

Family Moves to Another State Prior to Finalization
Requirement:

The family's Case Manager shall begin the process of transferring the record as soon as he/she learns of a
planned move.

110.7 Procedures:

     A.   Family's move is to take place at the end of post - placement period.

          1)    If the Case Manager is ready to recommend finalization and ask for the affidavit of release and consent it is
                often possible to assist the family in filing the petition before they move to prevent the necessity of meeting
                a residency requirement in another state.

                a)          The supervising Case Manager shall submit the required documents to the child’s legal county as
                            stated in Section 107.18.

                b)          The child’s legal county shall expedite processing the request for release and consent to adopt as
                            stated in Sections 107.18, 107.19, and 107.20.

                c)          The child’s legal county shall immediately notify the Supervising Case Manager that the
                            documents are ready and the family can contact their attorney to write for them.

                d)          In most counties the family and child (ren) can meet with the Superior Court Judge at the time the
                            petition to adopt is filed which will allow their attorney to be the only person required to be present
                            at the final hearing over sixty days later.

                e)          If the above is possible there will be no need to initiate Interstate Compact Procedures (ICPC).

     B.   Post - Placement services are not near completion or Case Manager is not ready to recommend finalization.

          1)    The procedures of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) must be initiated as soon
                as the family informs the Case Manager where they will be moving.

          2)    Interstate approval should be received before the family moves.

          3)    Three (3) complete copies of the child(ren)'s Life History and three (3) copies of the home study along with
                narratives of the post-placement visits to date and five (5) copies of the ICPC Form 100-A must be
                submitted to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator for forwarding.

          4)    A few states do not recognize Voluntary Surrenders. If the family is moving to such a state it may be
                necessary to obtain a confirming court order from the Superior Court in the child(ren)'s original county of
                residence (Refer to Section 110.2,4,A. Georgia Child Placed out of State). The Case Manager should
                contact the ICPC Adoptions Coordinator to determine if the state the family is moving to require a
                confirming court order.

          5)    The Form 100-B must be submitted within five (5) days of the family's move.


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          6)    The procedure for post placement services and finalization shall then follow the process of any Georgia
                child placed for adoption in another state (Refer to Section 110.2, 11, 12, 13).

     C.   If the family moves to another county in Georgia, refer to Section 107.5.

When DFCS Has Already Completed an Adoptive Home Study

110.8

Requirement:

The family may obtain a copy of the home study per Section 104.30. The ICPC Adoption Coordinator or the
contract agency may obtain a copy of the home study from the county.

Child Already in Home as a Relative or Foster Care Placement-DFCS Supervising

110.9

Requirement:

When a request is received for an adoptive home study for an out-of-state child and DFCS is already supervising
the placement, the county will continue to supervise the placement until the study is completed by the contract
agency. The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will then notify the county to close their case and supervision will be
assumed by the contract agency.

Family Moves to Georgia, Child in Home, Not Final

110.10

Requirement:

A family who moves to Georgia with a child (ren) already in an adoptive placement in their home that has not
been finalized must comply with the ICPC.

110.10 Procedures:

1.   If the family was working with a private agency in their former state they will usually be referred to a private agency in
     Georgia to complete the adoption process.

2.   If the family was working with the state agency in their former state, the agency in Georgia will usually be asked to
     complete the process.

     A.   The referral will be sent to the agency by the ICPC Adoption Coordinator.

          1)    A copy of the child (ren)'s Life History.

          2)    A copy of the family assessment.

          3)    Any post-placement visits that have occurred.

          4)    Legal documents and birth certificate.

          5)    Any other information on case.



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     B.   Depending on the point in the adoption process at which the move occurs the family may or may not be
          returning to their former state to finalize the adoption.

     C.   Information in the ICPC packet will tell the agency what services are needed.

          1)    They may need complete post-placement services.

          2)    They may need as few as one (1) post-placement visit.

          3)    Reports and recommendation are submitted the same as in Section 110.3, 9.

     D.   Notification of finalization:

          1)    If finalized in Georgia the procedure is the same as in Section 110.3, 10, 11, & 12.

          2)    If finalized out of Georgia the procedure is the same as in Section 110.2, 13.

Disruption of ICPC Child

110.11

Requirement:

In the case of an adoption disruption of a child (ren) placed through the ICPC, the sending agency shall be
responsible for making plans for the child (ren).

110.11 Procedures:

1.   The receiving agency must notify their ICPC Adoption Coordinator as soon as the disruption is apparent.

2.   The sending agency and the sending state's ICPC Adoption Coordinator must also be notified.

     A.   The two local agencies may already have discussed the possibility of disruption.

     B.   The ICPC Adoption Coordinator shall be kept informed at each step along the way.

     C.   It should be unusual for a disruption to take everyone by surprise unless it was a case of abuse.

3.   The sending agency must provide for the cost of transportation for returning the child (ren) to the sending state
     unless the receiving agency indicates that the family will do so.

4.   The receiving agency must submit a complete narrative regarding the circumstances of the disruption along with the
     Form 100-B indicating child (ren) returned to sending state and ICPC services terminated.

5.   In a case where there is the potential of risk of harm to the child (ren), the receiving state must follow the
     existing child protective services protocol for the state regarding the protection of the child (ren) until he/she
     can be returned to the sending state. A copy of the CPS investigation must be sent to the ICPC Adoption
     Coordinator.




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ICPC Independent Adoption - General Requirements

110.12

Requirement:

All requests regarding a proposed Independent Adoption of a child (ren) in Georgia or expected to be born in
Georgia by a family residing in another state, or of a child (ren) in another state or expected to be born in another
state by a family residing in Georgia, must be made directly to the agency under contract to the State to process
independent ICPC Adoptions.

110.12 Procedures:

1.   The ICPC does not apply to an adoption by a stepparent, grandparent, adult brother or sister, uncle, aunt or guardian
     of a child (ren) when the child (ren) is placed directly by the parent(s).

2.   If the request is made directly to the county department the person shall be referred to the ICPC Adoption
     Coordinator or to the contract agency.

ICPC Independent Adoption - Georgia is the Sending State

110.13

Requirement:

The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will discuss the proposed placement with the person who contacts the Adoption
Unit (usually, this is an attorney who knows of a family in another state who wishes to adopt a particular child to
be born in Georgia) and refer them to the agency under contract to the State to process independent ICPC
adoptions.

110.13 Procedures:

1.   The contract agency shall establish procedures consistent with DHR’s Adoption Unit policy for processing
     independent ICPC adoptions.

     A.   The contract agency shall give all known information to the assigned Case Manager and request that a contact
          be made with the biological parents.

          1)    The Case Manager shall contact the biological parents:

                a)          The Case Manager shall determine each parent's understanding of the circumstances of the
                            proposed placement.

                b)          The Case Manager shall obtain information regarding the financial arrangements of the proposed
                            placement.

                c)          The Case Manager shall discuss whether or not there has been pressure or duress used to obtain
                            permission for the proposed placement.

                d)          The Case Manager shall ascertain what information has been given to the biological parent(s)
                            about the proposed adoptive family.

                e)          The Case Manager shall complete Form 413, Background Information on a Non-State Agency
                            Child or make sure that it is completed by the biological parents.



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                f)          The Case Manager shall advise the biological parents that they must understand what they sign
                            and must receive copies of the documents they sign in connection with the surrender of the child
                            for adoption. Also, that there is a ten (10) day revocation period.

                g)          If there is a legal father, the biological mother should be told that the attorney is responsible for
                            advising him of the birth of the child. The mother should also be told that the attorney is
                            responsible for providing the father with legal documents that he can sign to surrender the child
                            for adoption.

                h)          The Case Manager shall provide the biological parents with his/her office phone number and ask
                            that they be informed if the parents decide to revoke their surrender.

                i)          The Case Manager shall complete a written narrative containing the above information.

          2)    The Case Manager shall submit three (3) copies of the completed report to the contract agency. If an
                addendum to the narrative is required, the Case Manager shall submit three (3) copies to the contract
                agency.

2.   The contract agency will receive copies of the legal documents and birth record from the person responsible for the
     proposed placement and review them for compliance with Georgia law.

3.   The contract agency shall sign the 100-A and forward it along with the reports on the biological parent(s) and the
     documents furnished by the person responsible for the proposed placement to the receiving state with a request that
     the Georgia contract agency receive a copy of the final order of the adoption.

4.   The contract agency shall notify the person responsible for the proposed placement as to the placement
     recommendation of the ICPC Adoption Coordinator in the receiving state.

     A.   The person responsible for the proposed placement shall forward a 100-B to the contract agency showing the
          date of placement, if permission to place is given.

                                                      or

     B.   The person responsible for the proposed placement shall forward a Form 100-B to the contract agency showing
          that the request for placement is withdrawn, if the placement does not occur.

5.   The contract agency shall forward the Form 100-B to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator in the receiving state.

ICPC Independent Adoption - Georgia is the Receiving State

110.14

Requirement:

The request for Interstate Services must come from the ICPC Adoption Coordinator in the sending state.

110.14 Procedures:

1.   The contract agency upon receipt of the Form 100-A from the sending state, will review the complete ICPC packet for
     compliance with Georgia law.

     A.   If the ICPC packet is in compliance with Georgia law, the contract agency will assign someone to contact the
          prospective adoptive family.

          1.    The assigned Case Manager shall contact the prospective adoptive family.



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                a.          The assigned Case Manager shall obtain information regarding the circumstances and financial
                            arrangements of the proposed placement.

                b.          The assigned Case Manager shall ascertain what information has been given to the prospective
                            adoptive family regarding the biological family of the child (ren) and inform them that the
                            background form 413 which must be completed on the biological parent(s) will be shared with
                            them.

                c.          The assigned Case Manager shall make sure that the prospective adoptive parents are aware of
                            the provisions of OCGA § 19-8-23(f) regarding the Reunion Registry for adoptions finalized in
                            Georgia.

                d.          Prepare a written Family Evaluation which includes the above information and the information
                            required in Independent Adoptions Section 112.4, 1.C.1).6) & 112.4, 3.C.H. & 112.4. 4.

          2.    The assigned case manager shall submit three copies of the written report to the contract agency.

          3.    The contract agency shall forward the report to the sending state's ICPC Adoption Coordinator.

     B.   If the ICPC packet is not in compliance the contract agency shall sign the Form 100-A denying permission for
          the placement and return it to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator in the sending state.

2.   The ICPC Adoption Coordinator in the sending state shall forward the Form 100-B notifying Georgia placement has
     occurred and supervision is requested, or that placement will not occur.

3.   Upon receipt of the Form 100-B, notifying Georgia of placement, the assigned Case Manager shall begin supervision.
     Supervision will occur until receipt of the Form 100-B closing the case.

4.   Upon receipt of the decree of adoption from the court, the contract agency will forward a copy of the decree to the
     sending states ICPC Adoption Coordinator, requesting the Form 100-B to allow case closure.

ICPC Independent Adoption – Disruption of Placement

110.15

Requirement:

In the case of an adoption disruption of a child (ren) placed as an Independent Adoption through the ICPC, the
sending agency shall be notified immediately.

Juvenile Court Placement with Out Of State Relatives

110.16

Requirement:

In the case of custody for the purpose of adoption being given by the Juvenile Court Judge to relatives who
reside out of Georgia, the Juvenile Court shall be considered the sending agency and must complete and sign the
Form 100-A prior to the child(ren) crossing state lines.

110.16 Procedures:

1.   There has usually already been ICPC correspondence to secure a home study.

2.   The County Department will usually know prior to the hearing that the relatives are recommended and that it is
     probable that custody will be granted.

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3.   The County Department may assist the court by completing the Form 100-A and having it available for the Judge to
     sign.

4.   The County Department will usually have the necessary information to complete the ICPC packet for submitting to the
     ICPC Adoption Coordinator (three copies).

     A.   Complete background information (Form 413).

     B.   All social, medical and school information, if applicable.

     C.   Home study on relative family in other state.

     D.   Court Order granting custody.

     E.   Any Adoption Assistance information.

5.   The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will forward the ICPC packet to the ICPC Adoptions Coordinator in the family's state.

6.   The ICPC Adoption Coordinator in the receiving state will review the ICPC packet for compliance with state laws.

     A.   If the documentation meets the requirements of the receiving state the ICPC Adoption Coordinator will sign the
          Form 100-A giving permission for the placement to occur.

     B.   Two (2) copies of the Form 100-A will be returned to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator in Georgia.

7.   The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will forward a copy of the signed 100-A to the county.

     A.   The county Case Manager shall send a copy of the signed 100-A to the Juvenile Court.

     B.   A Form 100-B shall be completed and submitted to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator showing the date of
          placement with the family.

8.   If the Juvenile Court requests post-placement reports they will be completed in the receiving state and forwarded
     through the ICPC Adoption Coordinator. If this occurs the County Department shall act as a liaison between the
     Juvenile Court and the receiving state.

9.   When the adoption is finalized in the receiving state, a copy of the final order of adoption along with a Form 100-B
     showing adoption finalized and ICPC services terminated will be sent to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator.

10. The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will send a copy of the final order and the Form 100-B to the county department.

     A.   The County Department shall submit the copy of the final order of adoption along with a copy of the Form 100-B
          to the Juvenile Court.

     B.   The Juvenile Court shall notify the county of the termination of jurisdiction.

     C.   The County Department shall submit two (2) copies of the order of termination of jurisdiction and a Form 100-B
          to the ICPC Adoption Coordinator.

     D.   The County Case Manager will prepare and submit their record to the Adoption Unit in the usual manner (Refer
          to Section 113.2).

12. The ICPC Adoption Coordinator will send a copy of the termination of jurisdiction and the Form 100-B to the receiving
    state's ICPC Adoption Coordinator to complete their file.




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Family Requests a Copy of Their Home study

110.17

Requirement:

The home study may be given to the family with the exception of references, the results of a criminal records
check which reveal conviction information, and any material marked “do not re-disclose” by the provider of the
information. These might be items such as hospital records, psychological evaluations, etc. (Refer to Section
104.30).




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