For many adoptive parents, the process of adopting a child is filled with waiting.
First, they wait to be matched with an expectant parent. Then they wait for the birth or placement of that child. And finally, they wait for paperwork to process so they can bring that child home.
That final stint of waiting while paperwork processes is called the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, better known as the ICPC. As with most adoption situations, the ICPC can look different for different families.
Here are seven tips to keep in mind about the ICPC process: