The Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) was established in 1974 and consists of members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The AAICPC has authority under ICPC to "promulgate rules and regulations to carry out more effectively the terms and provisions of this compact." The AAICPC obtains its Secretariat Services, as an affiliate of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA).
For more information, please visit the AAICPC website.
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Dual Licensing state:
Maine uses the following terms to authorize a resource family for foster care and (or) adoption after completion of education and training in state:
Maine requires the following types of placement resources to be licensed/approved/certified:
Maine resource training program is as follows:
Adoptive & Foster Familly Training (AFFT)
Maine will give full or partial credit for foster care and adoption education and training completed in another state:
A. QUALIFICATIONS OF THE FOSTER PARENTS
(1) Foster parents must be at least 21 years of age.
b. Arrests, indictments, and/orconvictions involving children or activities which could have resulted in convictions for such crimes if prosecuted;
c. Arrests, indictments, and/or convictions for operating under the influence or for any other activity which involves substance abuse;
d. Admission to a mental health or substance abuse treatment facility and involvement in mental health or substance abuse counseling;
e. Any serious physical problems that have required admission to a hospital or other in-patient facility;
f. Whether or not Child Protective Services or the Out-of-Home Abuse and Neglect Investigations Unit has ever investigated the family situation for allegations of child abuse or neglect either when the person was a child or since he or she has become an adult;
g. Any suspensions, revocations, conditions, fines or denials of or against any license or certificate that is or has been held by the applicant.
h. Whether or not there was any investigation while licensed, registered, certified, or approved to provide child/adult care;
i. The removal of children from their care or custody;
j. Any denial of approval to adopt;
k. Any other information regarding their circumstances or treatment of children which is relevant to the Department's decision to issue a license. If such information as described above exists, the family foster home applicant or licensee shall furnish the Department with written releases permitting the Department to obtain any other information regarding the above from appropriate officials or persons to determine whether there is a threat to the health, safety and welfare of children. In deciding what action to take regarding a license under the foregoing circumstances, the Department shall determine if sufficient evidence has been presented by the applicant or licensee to indicate that the problems which resulted in any of the above have been adequately resolved so that the applicant or licensee is in compliance with 9 (A) (3) of these rules and with any other applicable rules.
(7) The Department shall not grant a license to person(s) convicted of a felony involving: child abuse or neglect, spousal abuse, a crime against a child or children (including child pornography) or a crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault or homicide.
(12) Foster parents shall participate in any counseling and treatment necessary to meet the needs of the child and participate in consultation with therapists, physicians, social workers and educators as necessary to meet the needs of the child in accordance with the case plan developed by the Department and/or placing agency.
(13) The foster family shall not care for adult boarders or roomers, or operate under any other license to provide child care. Exceptions to this rule would include, but not be limited to, allowing the foster family’s former foster child to continue residing in the home as an adult or allowing the former foster child to return at a later date to live in the home. Exceptions to this rule must receive prior approval from the Foster Care Licensing Supervisor.
(14) Whenever the foster parents are absent from the home, they shall designate responsible individuals to supervise.
(15) Foster parents shall treat all children in the home in a fair and equitable manner.
(16) The foster family shall have an ongoing, predictable income to assure that the home is maintained in conformity with the requirements of these regulations.
Foster Care Placements:
The total number of children in care may not exceed 6, including the family's legal children under 16 years of age, with no more than 2 of these children under the age of 2. The only exception which may be made to the number and ages of children is to allow siblings to be kept together. The exception is applicable only when adequate space is available in the foster home. In order to keep siblings together there must either be a sibling already placed in the home or a vacant slot available. Requests for exceptions to this limit must be approved by the Foster Care Licensing Supervisor.
Foster parents or designated individuals responsible in their absence must provide supervision and care meeting the needs of each foster child's age, level of development, independence and responsibility. Designated individuals must also comply with the child management rules.
Wait Time - (License/Certification/Approval - Education and Training)
Average Length of time it takes for a home to be licensed/approved/certified:
Length of time a license is valid before renewal required:
Maine offers classes (education and training) for placement resources' homes to become licensed/certified/approved: