Foster children; placement of siblings together. (HB1530)

Introduced By

Del. Sam Nixon (R-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), and Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Relating to placement of siblings; visitation. Requires that all reasonable steps must be taken to place siblings together in the same foster home, unless such placement would be contrary to the best interests of the child or the child's special needs necessitate separate placement. This bill also requires that, where siblings are placed in separate foster homes, a plan shall be developed to ensure frequent and regular visitation and communication, unless visitation or communication is determined to be contrary to the best interests of the child. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/18/2008Presented and ordered printed 088556656
01/18/2008Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/24/2008Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/01/2008Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1530)
02/05/2008Read first time
02/06/2008Read second time
02/06/2008Committee amendments agreed to
02/06/2008Engrossed by House as amended HB1530E
02/06/2008Printed as engrossed 088556656-E
02/07/2008Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/07/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1530E)
02/07/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2008Communicated to Senate
02/08/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2008Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/15/2008Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendments (15-Y 0-N)
02/18/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/2008Read third time
02/19/2008Reading of amendments waived
02/19/2008Committee amendments agreed to
02/19/2008Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/19/2008Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 0-N)
02/20/2008Placed on Calendar
02/21/2008Passed by for the day
02/22/2008Passed by for the day
02/25/2008Senate amendments agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
02/25/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N)
02/27/2008Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1530ER)
02/27/2008Signed by Speaker
02/28/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB1530ER)
02/28/2008Signed by President
03/05/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 397 (effective 7/1/08)
03/11/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0397)