Florida’s Innovative System for Interstate Placement of Children
Being Used in National Pilot
TALLAHASSEE— The Florida Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) electronic system used for streamlining placement of children across state lines is being used as the model in a national pilot project for future adaptation across the country.
Under a grant from the federal government, the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), on behalf of its affiliate, the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC), is developing a national electronic web-based system to improve efficiency in the administration of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). The system will be modeled after the Interstate Compact System (ICS) that DCF implemented in Florida to streamline information sharing throughout the state.
“The system established in Florida has increased efficiency and led to a reduction in the time it takes to place children in foster and adoptive homes across state lines,” Interim Secretary Mike Carroll said. “We are thrilled our system is the model for streamlining this process nationwide.”
The National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) system will be piloted over the course of several months in six states selected to be a part of the pilot that will conclude in February 2015. The system will benefit states that work together to facilitate placements.
Florida has used ICS since 2008 and has seen a substantial decrease in the length of time it takes to share information throughout the state and in the length of time to successfully place a child across state lines. This has led to children, who have been removed from their parents’ custody, being placed in stable homes more quickly. This database has resulted in significant cost savings in postage and paper amounting to nearly $100,000 annually.
ICPC ensures protection and services to children who are placed across state lines with parents, relatives, or in foster care and adoptive placements. Florida processes approximately 3,000 requests for children to move in and out of state through the Interstate Compact each year. The Compact is a uniform law that has been enacted by all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
For more information on the ICPC visit: www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/icpc.
Contact: Michelle Glady, Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450