The interstate compact on the placement of children is hereby continued in force with all other jurisdictions legally joining therein in the form substantially as follows:


Terms Used In South Dakota Codified Laws 26-13-1

  • Children: includes children by birth and by adoption. See South Dakota Codified Laws 2-14-2
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Person: includes natural persons, partnerships, associations, cooperative corporations, limited liability companies, and corporations. See South Dakota Codified Laws 2-14-2
  • written: include typewriting and typewritten, printing and printed, except in the case of signatures, and where the words are used by way of contrast to typewriting and printing. See South Dakota Codified Laws 2-14-2

It is the purpose and policy of the party states to cooperate with each other in the interstate placement of children to the end that:

(a)    Each child requiring placement shall receive the maximum opportunity to be placed in a suitable environment and with persons or institutions having appropriate qualifications and facilities to provide a necessary and desirable degree and type of care.

(b)    The appropriate authorities in a state where a child is to be placed may have full opportunity to ascertain the circumstances of the proposed placement, thereby promoting full compliance with applicable requirements for the protection of the child.

(c)    The proper authorities of the state from which the placement is made may obtain the most complete information on the basis of which to evaluate a projected placement before it is made.

(d)    Appropriate jurisdictional arrangements for the care of children will be promoted.


As used in this compact:

(a)    “Child,” means a person who, by reason of minority, is legally subject to parental, guardianship, or similar control.

(b)    “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 party state.

(c)    “Receiving state,” means the state to which a child is sent, brought or caused to be sent or brought, whether by public authorities or private persons or agencies, and whether for placement with state or local public authorities or for placement with private agencies or persons.

(d)    “Placement,” means the arrangement for the care of a child in a family free or boarding home or in a child caring agency or institution but does not include any institution caring for the mentally ill, mentally defective or epileptic or any institution primarily educational in character, and any hospital or other medical facility.


(a) No sending agency shall send, bring, or cause to be sent or brought into any other party state any child for placement in foster care or as a preliminary to a possible adoption unless the sending agency shall comply with each and every requirement set forth in this article and with the applicable laws of the receiving state governing the placement of children therein.

(b) Prior to sending, bringing, or causing any child to be sent or brought into a receiving state for placement in foster care or as a preliminary to a possible adoption the sending agency shall furnish the appropriate public authorities in the receiving state written notice of the intention to send, bring, or place the child in the receiving state. The notice shall contain:

(1)    The name, date, and place of birth of the child.

(2)    The identity and address or addresses of the parents or legal guardian.

(3)    The name and address of the person, agency, or institution to or with which the sending agency proposes to send, bring, or place the child.

(4)    A full statement of the reasons for such proposed action and evidence of the authority pursuant to which the placement is proposed to be made.