Foreign adoptions; eliminates requirement for re-adoption in State. (HB2157)

Introduced By

Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Recognition of foreign adoptions.  Eliminates the requirement for re-adoption in Virginia of a child born in a foreign country who was not a citizen of the United States at birth for whom an adoption has been finalized pursuant to the laws of that foreign country. The bill also establishes a process for requesting establishment and registration of a Virginia certificate of birth for such child. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100120D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2011Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/19/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/31/2011Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2011Read first time
02/03/2011Read second time
02/03/2011Committee amendment agreed to
02/03/2011Engrossed by House as amended HB2157E
02/03/2011Printed as engrossed 11100120D-E
02/04/2011Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/04/2011VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB2157E)
02/07/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2011Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/09/2011Rereferred from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2011Rereferred to Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/18/2011Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2011Committee substitute printed 11105486D-S1
02/21/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2011Reconsideration of passed by for the day agreed to (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2011Reconsideration of dispensing with constitutional reading agreed to (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2011Read third time
02/22/2011Reading of substitute waived
02/22/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11105486D-S1
02/22/2011Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2157S1
02/22/2011Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2011Placed on Calendar
02/23/2011Senate substitute rejected by House 11105486D-S1 (2-Y 93-N)
02/23/2011VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 93-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2011Senate insisted on substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2011Senate requested conference committee
02/24/2011House acceded to request
02/24/2011Conferees appointed by House
02/24/2011Delegates: Iaquinto, Knight, Toscano
02/24/2011Conferees appointed by Senate
02/24/2011Senators: Northam, Herring, McWaters
02/25/2011Conference substitute printed 11105568D-H1
02/25/2011Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2011Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/25/2011VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2011Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2157ER)
03/03/2011Signed by Speaker
03/06/2011Signed by President
03/07/2011Impact statement from DPB (HB2157ER)
03/24/2011G Approved by Governor-Chapter 486 (effective 7/1/11)
03/24/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0486)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.


Harvey Summers writes:

Honorable Delegate Iaquinto,

As the first person in the state to take advantage of HB2157, I wanted to thank you to make it easier to get a birth certificate for our daughter, Zoe. We adopted her from China last August and were preparing to go through the court to re-adopt her. The change you made in the law didn't just save us money, it greatly reduced the stress of preparing, submitting, waiting, and having to appear in court, leaving us more time to focus on our children.

Our whole family, and adoptive parents of international children across the Commonwealth of Virginia, are indebted to you for your efforts. Our sincere gratitude and thanks.

~Harvey, Laura, Zachary, and Zoe Summers
Glen Allen, Virginia