Adoption laws; creation of putative father registry. (SB534)

Introduced By

Sen. Jay O'Brien (R-Clifton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adoption laws; putative father registry.  Makes procedural and administrative changes to adoption laws, creates a "designated adoption", and establishes a putative father registry.  The bill removes a provision that Virginia law applies to entrustment agreements executed in the Commonwealth by agencies outside the Commonwealth. Acknowledged, adjudicated, presumed and registered fathers whose identity is not reasonably ascertainable are entitled to notice of an adoption.  Consent is not required of a birth father who denies paternity under oath and in writing or a birth parent who, without just cause, has neither visited nor contacted the child for six months.  Unmarried birth fathers may consent to the termination of parental rights prior to the birth of the child. The amount of time to object to proceedings is decreased from 21 to 15 days after the notice is mailed.  Failure to appear at a hearing waives the right to consent to the adoption.  The length of time during which an entrustment agreement can be revoked by the birth parents is reduced from until the child is 25 days old and 15 days have elapsed since execution to until the child is 10 days old and seven days have elapsed.  Current law requires that a child be 10 days old before consent to a parental placement adoption can be executed in juvenile court, this bill allows such consent on the third day of the child's life.  Consent is revocable for 10 days instead of the current 15 and is not revocable at all after the child is 10 days old.  The bill creates a new form of adoption where a birth parent may designate adoptive parents but may use agency adoption and the exchange of certain identifying information does not have to occur.  A Putative Father Registry is established and will be administered by the Department of Social Services and funded by an additional $50 filing fee.  Any man who has engaged in sexual intercourse with a woman is deemed to be on legal notice that a child may be conceived and may register with the Registry which will entitle him to notice if the child is placed for adoption.  Provisions related to adult and step-parent adoption are revised.  Read the Bill »


04/07/2006: signed by governor


01/11/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 062833784
01/11/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/2006Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N)
02/06/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB534)
02/07/2006Committee substitute printed 064876784-S1
02/07/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
02/07/2006VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
02/08/2006Read second time
02/08/2006Reading of substitute waived
02/08/2006Committee substitute agreed to 064876784-S1
02/08/2006Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB534S1
02/09/2006Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
02/09/2006VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
02/09/2006Communicated to House
02/14/2006Placed on Calendar
02/14/2006Read first time
02/14/2006Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/17/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB534S1)
02/21/2006Referred from Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/21/2006Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
03/03/2006Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N)
03/03/2006Referred to Committee on Appropriations
03/06/2006Reported from Appropriations with substitute (24-Y 0-N)
03/06/2006Committee substitute printed 062903784-H1
03/07/2006Read second time
03/07/2006Committee substitute printed 062909784-H2
03/08/2006Passed by for the day
03/09/2006Read third time
03/09/2006Committee substitute from Courts of Justice rejected 062903784-H1
03/09/2006Committee substitute from Appropriations agreed to 062909784-H2
03/09/2006Amendments by Delegate Toscano agreed to
03/09/2006Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB534H2
03/09/2006Passed House with substitute with amendments (97-Y 0-N)
03/09/2006VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
03/09/2006House substitute with amendments rejected by Senate (0-Y 36-N)
03/09/2006VOTE: (0-Y 36-N)
03/09/2006House insisted on substitute with amendments
03/09/2006House requested conference committee
03/09/2006Senate acceded to request (32-Y 0-N)
03/09/2006VOTE: (32-Y 0-N)
03/09/2006Conferees appointed by House
03/09/2006Delegates: McQuigg, Athey, Toscano
03/09/2006Conferees appointed by Senate
03/09/2006Senators: O'Brien, Quayle, Herring
03/10/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB534H2)
03/11/2006Conference substitute printed 062915784-S2
03/11/2006Conference report agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N)
03/11/2006VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
03/11/2006Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 3-N)
03/11/2006VOTE: ADOPTION (93-Y 3-N)
03/27/2006Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB534ER)
03/27/2006Signed by President
03/27/2006Signed by Speaker
03/30/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB534ER)
04/07/2006G Approved by Governor-Chapter 825 (effective - see bill)
04/17/2006G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0825)
05/10/2006Substitute bill reprinted 062903784-H1
05/10/2006Substitute bill reprinted 062909784-H2