Almost any time that you have a multistate adoption, you trigger the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. One way to determine if ICPC is triggered is to determine if the Sending Agency sent, brought, or caused to be sent or brought any child to another party state for the purposes of adoption.

Sending Agency means a party state, officer or employee thereof, a subdivision of a party state, or officer or employee thereof, a court of a party state, a person, corporation, association, charitable agency or other entity which sends, brings, or causes to be sent or brought any child to another state.

Unfortunately, even a birth mother is deemed a Sending Agency if she places the child with adoptive parents in another state; thus, triggering the ICPC process.

The South Carolina ICPC statutes are Sections 63-9-2200 thru 63-9-2290 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended.

The definition of Sending Agency is found in Section 63-9-2200(1)(b).