Uhm, I’m seriously overdue in mentioning this and probably everyone in the world already knows about it.
The golfer who won the Masters in Augusta, Ga. earlier this month is the brand new dad to an adopted son named Caleb.
Bubba Watson and his wife Angie started the process to adopt about four years ago and on March 22 of this year they received a call that they had been chosen to parent a one month old baby living in Florida. At the time of the call Bubba was getting ready for the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando. They couple headed down to South Florida to meet their son a few days later.
But as luck would have it, Bubba had to turn around and head up to Georgia almost immediately to compete in the biggest tournament of his life. Readers who are involved in the world of adoption must know that Angie and Caleb were not allowed to go with him.
Why? The ICPC of course.
ICPC is the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. It’s a law in place in all 50 states, DC and the Virgin Islands that governs the placement of children from one state to another. In short, it means that the child’s origin state and the home state of the adoptive parents must first sign off on all paperwork to acknowledge the child will be leaving one state and headed to the other in the custody of the adoptive parents. Until all this paperwork is completed the adoptive parents must remain in the child’s home state.
That’s why Bubba had to head to Georgia alone; one parent was required to remain in Florida with Caleb until the ICPC period was over. This usually takes between 7 – 14 days.
So, let’s say that Don and I adopt a baby who is born in Florida. We’re allowed to go anywhere in the state of Florida during the ICPC (say, to visit Grandma and Grandpa W in Miami), but we can’t come back to Virginia until Florida and Virginia agree that we can move the child across state lines. During the ICPC period most people stay in extended stay hotels with little mini kitchens, though. The likelihood of finding your child in the same state as people willing to let you move in with an infant for two weeks is very slim.
Where did you spend your ICPC waiting period? How long were you there? Are you willing to let Don and I crash at your place with a brand new baby if we adopt from your state?
(One last thing – you can read more about Bubba, Angie and Caleb in People magazine online.)