Adoption; amends eligibility and application process requirements for assistance. (HB443)

Introduced By

Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adoption assistance.  Amends eligibility and application process requirements for adoption assistance; provides for separate maintenance, nonrecurring expense, and state special services payments; sets forth the requirements of each; and amends provisions governing changes in the amount of maintenance payments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103451D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/18/2010Assigned HWI sub: #2
01/21/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/24/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB443)
01/26/2010Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2010Read first time
01/28/2010Read second time and engrossed
01/29/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
01/29/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2010Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/19/2010Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2010Read third time
02/23/2010Reading of amendment waived
02/23/2010Committee amendment agreed to
02/23/2010Passed by for the day
02/24/2010Read third time
02/24/2010Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/24/2010Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2010Placed on Calendar
02/26/2010Senate amendment agreed to by House (92-Y 3-N)
02/26/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (92-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB443ER)
03/08/2010Signed by Speaker
03/08/2010Signed by President
03/09/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB443ER)
04/08/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 271 (effective 7/1/10)
04/08/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0271)


Sharon Fast Gustafson writes:

The federal adoption assistance statute, Title IV-E, 42 U.S.C. 673,(a)(1)(B) requires that "under any adoption assistance agreement entered into by a State with parents who adopt a child with special needs, the State -- (i) SHALL make payment of nonrecurring adoption expenses ...." Therefore, the proposed revision to Section 1301(D) should be amended to say "Nonrecurring expense payments SHALL be made to the adoptive parents ...."

Susan Lawrence writes:

This bill should pass, but with the above revision and others to assure compliance by local DSS employees. Virginia has gone3? 4? years without an approved federal Titel IV-E plan. Every child who has been adopted out of foster care should receive any help available. It should not be a game of "Mother May I?" with secret hidden rules parents aren't told about. The local and state DSS offices should be helping families who adopt and the children who have been adopted. Not throwing roadblocks and procedures up in their way to prevent access to available help and services. Localities don't even pay for Title IV-E services. Localities make payment, but then are fully reimbursed by the state and federal government, because it is cheaper and better for the child in the long run to be placed with a loving family than to languish away in residential care. In Virginia foster care still equals residential care most of the time, and PSI/Psychiatric Solutions Inc. is the biggest player and candyman to legislators of all lobbyist. Rather than pay $600, $700, even a $1000 a day for dangerous, ineffective residential, a fraction of those funds could be used to pay for special services for all special needs foster children placed in adoptive homes. And yet Virginia puts forth something like SB702, with no sense of shame, while recently celebrating the pitiful "TRANSFORMATION" of Virginia's System of Care for Children (of which PSI was a huge sponsor, in addition to being one of the largest sponsors of our new Governor's Inaugural celebration.
Even PSI's own stockholders are suing them -
Notice on the right, mid-way down, the plan to close PSI Whisper Ridge in Charlottesville. That plan disappeared shortly before a $25,000 donation to then Governor Kaine. Then PSI changed the name to "Jefferson Trail" and just continued on their merry way. The staff were raping the children in their care, Virginia just coughed, looked embarrassed and then discretely looked the other way with a sly hand held out for more donations. The Pines in Portsmouth in going through the same horror now, Virginia is still looking away and legislators are trying to decide the discrete amount of time needed to show feigned horror before sliding out their hands again to PSI or the closest Kemp lobbyist.

Susan Lawrence writes:

Inaugural Donations

Also, that should have been Kemper lobbyist