Parental rights; procedure for restoring to parent whose rights to his child have been terminated. (HB1637)

Introduced By

Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News) with support from co-patrons Del. Bob Brink (D-Arlington), and Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Restoration of parental rights. Creates a procedure for restoring parental rights to a parent whose rights to his child have previously been terminated when the child is at least 14 years of age and the child has not achieved his permanency goal. The bill also provides that the juvenile and domestic relations court may appoint a special advocate to provide services to a child who is the subject of judicial proceedings for the restoration of parental rights. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13100391D
01/07/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2013Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
01/14/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
01/16/2013Reported from Courts of Justice (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/17/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1637)
01/18/2013Read first time
01/21/2013Passed by for the day
01/22/2013Read second time and engrossed
01/23/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/23/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
01/24/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/06/2013Reported from Courts of Justice with amendments (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2013Placed on Calendar
02/11/2013Read third time
02/11/2013Reading of amendments waived
02/11/2013Committee amendments agreed to
02/11/2013Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/11/2013Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2013Placed on Calendar
02/13/2013Senate amendments agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
02/13/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Reconsideration of Senate amendments agreed to by House
02/13/2013Senate amendments agreed to by House (99-Y 1-N)
02/13/2013VOTE: ADOPTION #2 (99-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1637ER)
02/18/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1637ER)
02/18/2013Signed by Speaker
02/19/2013Signed by President
03/14/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 338 (effective 7/1/13)
03/14/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0338)


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.