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).
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Missouri permits the following types of adoptions in addition to public adoptions:
Adoption Statute-Non-Agency; Independent; Private Adoptions:
453 R.S. MO
Public Adoptive Placement-Requirements:
Missouri ICPC must receive copies of either the TPR or a petition for adoption (petition must be filed and accepted by the court). If the adoptive family (from another state) has a home study completed by a private agency Missouri Children's Division must negotiate a contract with the agency before ICPC approval can be given.
Adoption assistance payments begin:
Sending State Adoption Subsidy Payments (Guidelines):
Missouri definition of "Special Needs":
The youth must have a diagnosed medical, mental, or physical condition that requires twenty-four (24) hour availability of a resource provider specifically trained to meet the elevated medical needs.
Adoption may be finalized in another state:
Before finalization can occur in Missouri, child must be in adoptive placement:
There are situations where the court may waive the 6 months waiting period, but this is at the court’s discretion.
Statutory code/cite for Adoption Petition:
Court Jurisdiction for Adoption Cases:
Missouri requires that the court transfer custody to the adoptive parents before child leaves state. Public agency adoptions will have a transfer of custody but child may be placed into a relative home before adoption. Private/Independent adoptions consents must be accepted by the court and a transfer of custody occur before child can leave Missouri. 453.110 RSMo.
Home Study (Adoptions)
Statutory code/cite for the Adoptive Home Studies:
453.070. 1. Except as provided in subsection 5 of this section, no decree for the adoption of a child under eighteen years of age shall be entered for the petitioner or petitioners in such adoption as ordered by the juvenile court having jurisdiction, until a full investigation, which includes an assessment of the adoptive parents, an appropriate postplacement assessment and a summary of written reports as provided for in section 453.026, and any other pertinent information relevant to whether the child is suitable for adoption by the petitioner and whether the petitioner is suitable as a parent for the child, has been made. The report shall also include a statement to the effect that the child has been considered as a potential subsidy recipient.
2. Such investigation shall be made, as directed by the court having jurisdiction, either by the division of family services of the state department of social services, a juvenile court officer, a licensed child-placement agency, a social worker licensed pursuant to chapter 337, or other suitable person appointed by the court. The results of such investigation shall be embodied in a written report that shall be submitted to the court within ninety days of the request for the investigation.
3. The department of social services, division of family services, shall develop rules and regulations regarding the content of the assessment of the petitioner or petitioners. The content of the assessment shall include but not be limited to, a report on the condition of the petitioner's home and information on the petitioner's education, financial, marital, medical and psychological status and criminal background check. If an assessment is conducted after August 28, 1997, but prior to the promulgation of rules and regulations by the department concerning the contents of such assessment, any discrepancy between the contents of the actual assessment and the contents of the assessment required by department rule shall not be used as the sole basis for invalidating an adoption. No rule or portion of a rule promulgated pursuant to the authority of this section shall become effective unless it has been promulgated pursuant to the provisions of chapter 536