'A Place of My Own' Program; Department of Social Services to develop. (HB2500)

Introduced By

Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton) with support from 19 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Kris Amundson (D-Mount Vernon), Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News), Del. William Barlow (D-Smithfield), Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Joe Bouchard (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Frank Hall (D-Richmond), Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Ken Melvin (D-Portsmouth), Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk), Del. Harvey Morgan (R-Gloucester), Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield), Del. Jim Shuler (D-Blacksburg), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-McLean), Del. Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke), Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Foster care; each child to be equipped with luggage. Requires each local department to ensure that each child placed in foster care is equipped with luggage that shall become the property of the child and that shall remain the property of the child throughout the period during which the child remains in foster care. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/15/2009Presented and ordered printed 098747768
01/15/2009Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/23/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2500)
02/03/2009Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2009Committee substitute printed 093278768-H1
02/03/2009Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2009Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources (Hamilton)
02/05/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2500H1)
02/06/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/06/2009Reported from Appropriations with substitute (23-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2009Committee substitute printed 092634696-H2
02/08/2009Read first time
02/09/2009Read second time
02/09/2009Committee substitute from HWI rejected 093278768-H1
02/09/2009Committee substitute from Appropriations agreed to 092634696-H2
02/09/2009Substitute bill reprinted 092634696-H2
02/09/2009Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2500H2
02/10/2009Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2009Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/10/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2500H2)
02/11/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2009Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/20/2009Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Reading of amendment waived
02/24/2009Committee amendment agreed to
02/24/2009Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/24/2009Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2009Placed on Calendar
02/26/2009Passed by temporarily
02/26/2009Senate amendment agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
02/26/2009VOTE: --- ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2500ER)
03/10/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2500ER)
03/10/2009Signed by President
03/11/2009Signed by Speaker
03/30/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 678 (effective -see bill)
03/30/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0678)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Susan Lawrence writes:

Great idea! Even better would be a list of personal items each child arrives with at each placement. My son had 13 in 7 years. May I suggest an x- large, indestructable Lands End or L.L. Bean zippered, canvas bag. As we battled our local DSS office for 7 years to adopt our son out of of foster care, I repeatedly provided him with a variety of bags and luggage. The whole black garbage bag for their personal items sends a horrifying message. Finally we purchase him a canvas, ZIPPERED, bag with his name embroidered on it. It was big enough and sturdy enough to survive the perils of foster care and residential placements.He lost or had stolen every other personal item he had,books, games, stuffed animals, blankets, photo albums, but the bag survived. They can even be washed. I am sure local agencies could get local groups to donate funds for these purchases. I would be happy to help or share more ideas! lawrences@rockbridge.net