Adoption; appointment of counsel if parent is determined to be indigent. (HB451)

Introduced By

Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Del. Jim Scott (D-Merrifield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adoption; appointment of counsel.  Provides that a parent who does not consent to the adoption of the parent's child, but whose consent to the adoption is required, shall be appointed counsel if such parent is determined to be indigent. The bill also provides that the court shall inform the birth parents of their right to counsel prior to the adjudicatory hearing of a petition for adoption. This bill is a recommendation of the Boyd-Graves Conference. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12100275D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/13/2012Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/20/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB451)
01/23/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
01/30/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2012Committee substitute printed 12104606D-H1
02/01/2012Read first time
02/01/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB451H1)
02/02/2012Read second time
02/02/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104606D-H1
02/02/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB451H1
02/03/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/03/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2012Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/17/2012Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2012Read third time
02/21/2012Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB451ER)
02/24/2012Signed by Speaker
02/27/2012Signed by President
02/28/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB451ER)
03/30/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 425 (effective 7/1/12)
03/30/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0425)


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 55 seconds.