applicable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the
U.S. Virgin Islands. The hitch is that the ICPC dates from the
1950s, and its age shows—many states are concerned with
the compact’s outdated administrative process and lack
of accountability. In 2004, the American Public Human
hild Welfare Information Gateway has expanded the
Services Association adopted a resolution calling for a
Mental Health Services section of its website. This
rewrite of the ICPC, and has since created a website to
web section focuses on men-
track the progress of the new ICPC. Visit www.aphsa.
tal health as it relates to children and
youth involved in the child welfare
system, who may be at greater risk for
mental health issues than children in
ReadyResources rewrite.htm for updates,
frequently asked ques-
the general population. The section, tions, interstate place-
available at www.childwelfare.gov/ ment data, state-by-state statutes, and other resources.
systemwide/service_array/mentalhealth, The Maternal and Child Health Library recently
is designed to provide information of launched the Community Services Locator,
interest to administrators involved with an online clearinghouse for ways to find
developing and funding mental health pro- local services for a number of health concerns.
grams and to supervisors, caseworkers, and other The locator, at www.mchlibrary. info/Knowledge
related professionals who secure, provide, or monitor Paths/kp_ community.html, provides information about
mental health treatment for children and families. search tools that may be helpful to those seeking child
Adoption placements that move a child from one state care/early childhood education, education/special needs,
to another must follow the guidelines of the Interstate family support, financial support, health and wellness,
Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC), which is and parenting services.