State Executive Council for Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families; membership. (SB286)

Introduced By

Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


State Executive Council for Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families; membership.  Adds a second parent representative to the State Executive Council for Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101305D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/20/2010Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2010Read second time and engrossed
01/26/2010Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2010Placed on Calendar
02/03/2010Read first time
02/03/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/23/2010Assigned GL sub: #3 ABC/Gaming
02/25/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
03/02/2010Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2010Read second time
03/04/2010Read third time
03/04/2010Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/04/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2010Signed by President
03/11/2010Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB286ER)
03/11/2010Signed by Speaker
03/12/2010Signed by President
03/23/2010Impact statement from DPB (SB286ER)
04/10/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 346 (effective 7/1/10)
04/10/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0346)


Susan Lawrence writes:

This is an excellent idea. The CSA process needs to be assisted by the parents who have actually been involved in the process. There are 17 members on this committee from the state and private agencies involved, but only one parent.

Having two parents is a move in the right direction, but for true "parent engagement" at least 5 parents are needed, one from each region in Virginia, and an additional alternate for each parent. This way there will always be at least 2-3 parents at every SEC meeting. As the parent of a special needs child, there will always be a last minute situation or medical condition to keep you from attending. With a larger pool of parents, there will be greater input from all the parts of Virginia. Also, more parental input will save Virginia money by preventing so much money to continue to be wasted on dangerous residential treatment rather than local help and assistance for children and families.
MIT did a scientific study in 2007 showing abused and molested children fared better left in their abusive homes than being placed in foster care. And in Virginia, foster care stil equals residential care.Check out SB702 -

Susan Lawrence writes:

SB702 - Let Senator Marsden know you don't support locking up Virginia's children for the crime of being a foster child.

We need more parent advocates to stand up and speak out, especially on the SEC which overseen CSA funding, FAPT and CPMT. At this time parents are not even required to be provided a copy of their parental rights by local FAPT teams. Parents need to be informed consumers and their priceless feedback on committees such as SEC is a no cost solution to finding and fixing the broken parts of Virginia's Child Welfare system.