Kinship foster care placements; Commissioner of Social Services may grant variance from requirement. (SB299)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Kinship foster care placements. Provides that the Commissioner of Social Services may grant a variance from requirements governing approval of foster homes for children if the placement is a kinship foster care placement, the requirement would impose a hardship on the kinship foster care provider, and the variance will not adversely affect the safety and well-being of the child. The bill also provides that a local board of social services or child-placing agency may approve a kinship foster care provider who has been convicted of a felony related to the possession of drugs other than felony offenses related to possession with the intent to distribute drugs, a misdemeanor conviction for arson, or an equivalent offense in anther state, provided 10 years have elapsed since the date of the conviction and the local board or child-placing agency makes a specific finding that the placement would not endanger the safety or well-being of the child. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102966D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/17/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB299)
01/27/2012Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/27/2012Committee substitute printed 12104791D-S1
01/30/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB299S1)
01/30/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2012Read second time
01/31/2012Reading of substitute waived
01/31/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104791D-S1
01/31/2012Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB299S1
02/01/2012Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2012Placed on Calendar
02/13/2012Read first time
02/13/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/16/2012Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendments (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2012Read second time
02/20/2012Engrossed by House as amended SB299
02/20/2012Read third time
02/20/2012Committee amendments agreed to
02/20/2012Engrossed by House as amended
02/20/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/20/2012Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/20/2012VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2012House amendments agreed to by Senate (36-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2012Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB299ER)
02/27/2012Signed by Speaker
02/28/2012Impact statement from DPB (SB299ER)
02/28/2012Signed by President
04/04/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 568 (effective 7/1/12)
04/04/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0568)


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 2 minutes.