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Hello! I am a licensed attorney, eligible to practice in front of state and federal court, who is ready to help. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating (click here to see my ratings information) so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. I am very sorry to hear about your situation. The ICPC in the state of Missouri is basically placement paperwork for children. The bright side is that if they say that she does not need to go back to Missouri for them to finish the paperwork, then the best thing that you can do is just make the home as comfortable as possible for your child. If you contacted the Department of Family Services and they told you this, that I would rely on that information. Additionally, the fact that the child is an older child will really help out a lot. If they say for some reason that she needs to come back, she can say that she would be suffering from emotional distress if she were to return to Missouri. Typically, very young children’s opinions are not included in these kinds of placement decisions, but older children, who are usually less influenced by their parents, it a little bit more credit.
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I see. But someone told you that the paperwork could be completed while she is in IA, correct?
I understand what you mean. If I was saying that she does not need to go anywhere and if the child does not want to go anywhere, I would recommend just keeping the child in the meantime. There's not going to be any law on this situation that really dictates exactly what you should do, so you may just have to do what's in the best interest of the child. In the end, in court in Iowa and a court in Missouri would only be looking as to what is in the best interest of the child and if the best interest to stay with you, then she should stay with you. Did you have any other questions for me?