Adoption; various changes to procedures. (HB445)

Introduced By

Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adoption procedures. Makes various changes to adoption procedures including: establishing a process for review of a decision by the Commissioner of Social Services to grant or deny a variance from criteria for approval as an appropriate adoptive home; establishing a procedure for review of petitions filed for the purpose of obtaining a juvenile and domestic relations district court's assistance with the execution of consent to an adoption when the consent is executed pursuant to the laws of another state; expanding the option of venue for consent hearings in parental placement adoptions to any city or county in the Commonwealth; amending requirements for parental consent to an adoption to eliminate the need for parental consent in cases in which a birth parent has, without just cause, neither visited nor contacted the child for a period of six months prior to the initiation of any proceeding related to the adoption, receipt by the birth parent of notification of the availability of the Putative father Registry, or receipt by the birth parent of a written communication requesting the birth parent's consent to the adoption; amending requirements related to granting of adoption when consent is withheld or unobtainable to allow a court to grant such adoptions in cases in which notice of the petition for adoption was made by certified or registered mail; adding language setting forth requirements for establishment of a date of birth for a child adopted from a foreign country; amending requirements related to revocation of an entrustment agreement to provide that after seven days of execution of a valid entrustment agreement, the agreement may only be revoked upon written consent of the child-placing agency having custody of the child; and amending requirements related to revocation of consent to an adoption to provide that in cases in which a birth parent has previously revoked consent to an adoption and subsequently consents to another adoption, the birth parent may only revoke such consent upon proof of fraud or duress. The bill also clarifies requirements for adoption of a child by the spouse of a birth or adoptive parent and makes changes to the process of registering with the Putative Father Registry. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100043D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2012Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/27/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB445)
01/30/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
02/03/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2012Committee substitute printed 12104680D-H1
02/07/2012Read first time
02/08/2012Read second time
02/08/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104680D-H1
02/08/2012Amendment by Delegate Toscano agreed to
02/08/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB445EH1
02/08/2012Printed as engrossed 12104680D-EH1
02/09/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/09/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB445EH1)
02/10/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/22/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Read third time
02/27/2012Reading of amendments waived
02/27/2012Committee amendments agreed to
02/27/2012Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/27/2012Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2012Placed on Calendar
02/29/2012Senate amendments agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
02/29/2012VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB445ER)
03/05/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB445ER)
03/05/2012Signed by Speaker
03/07/2012Signed by President
03/30/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 424 (effective 7/1/12)
03/30/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0424)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.