Adoption; period of validity of home study. (HB946)

Introduced By

Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adoption; period of validity of home study. Provides that any home study conducted for the purpose of parental placement shall be approved for a period of 18 months from the date of completion of the study. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 088507560
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB946)
01/17/2008Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2008Read first time
01/21/2008Read second time
01/21/2008Committee amendments agreed to
01/21/2008Engrossed by House as amended HB946E
01/21/2008Printed as engrossed 088507560-E
01/22/2008Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/22/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2008Communicated to Senate
01/23/2008Constitutional reading dispensed
01/23/2008Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/23/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB946E)
02/15/2008Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendment (15-Y 0-N)
02/18/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/19/2008Read third time
02/19/2008Reading of amendment waived
02/19/2008Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/2008Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/19/2008Passed Senate with amendment (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 amendment 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 (HB946ER)
02/27/2008Signed by Speaker
02/28/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB946ER)
02/28/2008Signed by President
03/06/2008Governor's recommendation received by House
03/06/2008Placed on Calendar
03/07/2008House concurred in Governor's recommendation (96-Y 0-N)
03/07/2008VOTE: --- ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N)
03/08/2008Enacted, Chapter (effective 7/1/08)
03/08/2008Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (33-Y 7-N)
03/08/2008G Governor's recommendation adopted
03/08/2008Reenrolled bill text (HB946ER2)
03/08/2008Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
03/08/2008Signed by President as reenrolled
03/08/2008Enacted, Chapter 494 (effective 7/1/08)
03/14/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0494)


Cathy writes:

Thank you so much for this bill. As an adoptive parent pursuing international adoption, I know first hand how much time it takes from home study completion to State Department approval to referral for a child. Our home study is about to expire, and we only now have all the paperwork and clearances to submit to the Ethiopian government. We will have to pay for a home study renewal, and go through the scrutiny all over again. Another 6 months, in our case, would have been a great thing.

Kelly Huntley writes:

Thank you so much for considering this bill. International adoptions are taking longer and longer and having a home study expire in the middle of the process is an unnecessary frustration and leads to additional expense.

Lee Jarratt writes:

Adoption Policy

10.D.13 Renewal Process

The agency will re-approve the applicant prior to the placement of a child if the home study is older than 24 months.

Currrent state adoption policies and state agency approved provider standards/regulations requires renewal every 24 months and that child placing agencies have to adhere to that minimum requirement, but can choose to require a shorter timeframe between renewals. If your understanding is correct, than you’re not clear how HB946 will assist in lengthening the time period for renewal of adoptive families working through child placing agencies. My wife and I have three internationally adopted children and I am not sure the bill will accomplish what you are hoping it will. The current state policy is that home studies are approved for 24 months, but the individual child placing agencies can require those families adopting through there organization to more stringent time frames. The bill as introduced will shorten the approval period, not lengthen it which will not be good for the families in this process.

Sal Iaquinto writes:


The bill was amended to make the home study valid for 24 months for all adoptions. This should make everything equal.

Catherine E. Cook, MDIV, MA, QMHP, writes:

Wholeheartedly supportive! Long over due!