(a) The Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families is authorized to develop, participate in the development of, negotiate and enter into 1 or more interstate compacts on behalf of this State with other states to implement 1 or more of the purposes set forth in this chapter. When so entered into, and for so long as it shall remain in force, such a compact shall have the force and effect of law.
Terms Used In Delaware Code Title 31 Sec. 5402
- Child: means a person who has not reached the age of 18 years. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
- State: means the State of Delaware; and when applied to different parts of the United States, it includes the District of Columbia and the several territories and possessions of the United States. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
- United States: includes its territories and possessions and the District of Columbia. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
(b) For the purposes of this chapter, the term “state” shall mean a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or a territory or possession of or administered by the United States.
(c) For the purposes of this chapter, the term “adoption assistance state” means the state that is signatory to an adoption assistance agreement in a particular case.
(d) For the purposes of this chapter, the term “residence state” means the state of which the child is a resident by virtue of the residence of the adoptive parents.