Magazine article Policy & Practice

NEICE Project Receives Adoption across Boundaries Award

Magazine article Policy & Practice

NEICE Project Receives Adoption across Boundaries Award

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The American Public Human Services Association's National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) project has been recognized by Voice for Adoption (VFA) as the winner of the Adoptions Across Boundaries Award. The annual award honors a state, organization, or dedicated individual that has made diligent efforts in overcoming geographic barriers and has a proven track record of best practices in placing children across state or county lines.

Anita Light, director of the National Collaborative for Integration on Health and Human Services, and Carla Fults, division director of Interstate Affairs, were honored for their work on the NEICE Project, a web-based electronic case-processing system that supports the administration of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) by exchanging data and documents across state jurisdictions. The Children's Bureau is funding the project for three years to bring all 52 jurisdictions onboard to process ICPC cases.

"This is such a wonderful honor and we are so pleased to represent our members by receiving it today," Light said. "This project will be a game changer for how the ICPC operates across this nation and it is exciting to think about the impact this technology solution will have on permanency outcomes for children. …

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