Open Accessibility Menu

Intrastate Adoption vs. Interstate Adoption

Intrastate Adoption vs. Interstate Adoption
Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, P.C.

Adopting a child can be one of the happiest times for a family - but it's important that the adoption be done correctly. This will protect both the child and the child's new family. To that end, it's also important to have an attorney who is well seasoned in the adoption process and who knows the requirements and applicable laws.

Intrastate Adoptions

An intrastate adoption takes place when the adoptive parents reside in the same state as the birth mother and the baby. For an intrastate adoption, the child does not have to cross state lines as part of the adoption process.

Interstate Adoptions

A child born in one state and taken to another state for adoption requires the approval of both states.

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) is law in all 50 states. It governs interstate adoptions. In complying with the ICPC, you must take certain steps and submit a multitude of documents to both states' ICPC offices.

Risk of Denial

A failure to complete all steps and provide all documents - with both the sending state and the receiving state - can result in the denial of your adoption. Thus, having experienced counsel that routinely handles interstate adoptions is important. Experienced counsel can help prevent errors and complete the process as smoothly as possible.

The ICPC not only serves as the primary conduit for interstate adoptions, it serves to set the protections, services and jurisdictional safeguards for children placed from one state to another.


The ICPC has its positive aspects, but also creates some challenges, such as the inherent delays it may cause due to its many requirements and safeguards. Based on this challenge and others, it is imperative to obtain the services of an attorney who is well-versed in the ICPC. This will help minimize delay and prevent trouble with placement.

We Routinely Handle Intrastate and Interstate Adoptions

Lennea Cannon, a Board Certified family law attorney, leads the family law section of Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, P.C. Ms. Cannon routinely handles both intrastate and interstate adoptions. The entire family law team understands how the ICPC works, how to meet its requirements, and how to minimize delay and overcome any challenges that might hinder the adoption.

Contact Hendershot, Cannon & Hisey, P.C.

To schedule a consultation, please call (713) 909-7323.