Interstate Compact for independent adoptions are subject to regulations and to all adoption laws of sending and receiving states. Requests from attorneys and orders from judges which refer to interstate non-agency adoptions must be sent to:
The Division of Child Protection Services needs the following to complete the Interstate Compact agreement:
After the birth of the child, we will need the following:
- Name, date and place of birth of the child.
- Copy of the court order terminating the parental rights on both biological and legal parents (If using consent forms, please send those if not already sent.) If done by consent, a legal risk statement must be signed by the adoptive parents stating that they understand the rights have not been terminated and should the birth parents want the child back they must return the child.
- Birth and health information on the child.
- Please have the parent or the South Dakota court appointed guardian sign the ICPC-100A form as the sending agency and return to the Adoption Program Specialist with three copies of the above information. As soon as the information is received, we will initiate an Interstate Compact and will notify you when we receive approval for placement from the receiving state. If you want ICPC overnight mailed, you will need to include a pre-paid Fed Express packet.
- For more information, contact Patricia Reiss, Child Protection Services Adoption Specialist, at (605) 773-3227.