Child Protective Services

Interstate Compact

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children is a law in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. The Compact applies to placements of minor children made from one state to another by public and private agencies, the courts, independent placers (i.e., physicians and attorneys) and individuals.

Excluded from the Compact requirements are situations where certain relatives place the child with another relative as allowed by law. Both the placing relative and the receiving relative must meet one of the following categories to be excluded from the compact:

  • Parents,
  • Step-Parents,
  • Grandparents,
  • Adult brothers and sisters,
  • Adult uncles and aunts, and
  • Unrelated legal guardians who both send and receive the child.
  • Also excluded are placements into educational and medical facilities.

Home Evaluations, Home Studies, Independent Adoptions

Quite frequently another state to the Compact or one of our own offices in South Dakota face the need of an evaluation or study of a home across state lines.

Agencies like the Department of Social Services need the evaluation to make placement decisions. All requests for evaluations, except divorce custody investigations, must be channeled through the Interstate Compact office in Pierre. The Interstate Compact Administrator determines the correct procedure to be used in handling a request for an evaluation. Workers should not make direct requests to other states or make agreements to do evaluations for other states except for divorce custody investigations.

Interstate Compact Forms

The Interstate Compact forms are available for you to print and use as needed. They are located under forms & publications. Follow all directions included with each form. If you have questions about a form, please call (605) 773-3227.