Interstate Adoption

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) governs, among other things, the ability to transport children across state lines for purposes of adoption. When the prospective adoptive parents are located in one state and the birth mother in another, the ICPC will come into play. Each state has an Interstate office.

The attorneys in the respective states will make recommendations as to where the adoption should take place given the legal requirements of each state for adoption. All of the legal requirements of the state in which the adoption occurs must be met.

Each state's Interstate office has requirements which must be met before approval is given to transport the child out of the state of birth to the home state of the prospective adoptive parents. A stay in the state where the child is born will be required until that approval can be obtained. This stay may be only a few days or as long as 2 weeks.

My work includes doing everything possible to gather the documentation the Interstate Compact requires, so families can travel home with their child as soon as possible.

Consult with a Michigan Attorney About Interstate Adoption

If you need assistance with interstate adoption in Michigan, I welcome you to contact me for a consultation by calling 517-267-1500, sending an email to or completing my online information form. As a Michigan adoption attorney for more than 10 years, I can help you navigate the legal system and guide you through the adoption process.