Interstate Adoption | Adoptions of Wisconsin

Interstate Adoption

When a child is adopted into or from another state the rules of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) must be followed.  AOW can help you with:

  • A home study for prospective adoptive families in Wisconsin
  • Expectant parent counseling
  • Adoptive parent counseling
  • Guardianship
  • Post placement services
  • Preparation of ICPC materials
  • Finalization report

INTERSTATE ADOPTION FAQ’S

  • Can I use an adoption facilitator?
  • Is my Wisconsin home study valid in other states?
  • How many post placement visits will I need?

CAN I USE AN ADOPTION FACILITATOR?

Facilitators are not licensed adoption agencies.  They are not regulated nor do they have rules or guidelines they must follow.  Unfortunately, the internet has allowed them to proliferate and many portray themselves as adoption agencies.  You must work with a licensed Wisconsin adoption agency if you or the expectant parent are a resident of Wisconsin.  For more information, see www.adoptionattorneys.org/facilitator_faq.pdf.

IS MY WISCONSIN HOME STUDY VALID IN OTHER STATES?

Adoptions of Wisconsin utilizes the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) model for our home studies.  This model is used by a number of other states and is typically accepted by all states.  If necessary, Adoptions of Wisconsin can make an addendum to your home study to comply with any other requirements of another state.

HOW MANY POST PLACEMENT VISITS WILL I NEED?

The number of post placement visits and length of post-placement contact is set by the state the child was born in.  In Wisconsin, six post placement visits are required.  Four of the visits will be in your home and two at our offices.  The first visit will happen within the first 30 days of placement.  If the adoption is born in another state and placed with a Wisconsin family, Adoptions of Wisconsin still has to follow Wisconsin law and conduct an in person post placement visit every month until finalization.