Foster care maintenance and adoption assistance; DSS to develop options for extending payments. (SJ282)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Options for extending foster care maintenance and adoption assistance payments to age 21; report. Requests the Department of Social Services to develop and present options for implementing the extension of foster care maintenance and adoption assistance payments for individuals up to 21 years of age. Read the Bill »


02/19/2013: Passed the House


01/03/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103064D
01/03/2013Referred to Committee on Rules
02/01/2013Reported from Rules
02/04/2013Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Read second time and engrossed
02/05/2013Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2013Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/11/2013Placed on Calendar
02/11/2013Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/14/2013Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2013Taken up
02/18/2013Passed by for the day
02/19/2013Taken up
02/19/2013Agreed to by House (75-Y 22-N)
02/19/2013VOTE: ADOPTION (75-Y 22-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ282ER)


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.


Susan Lawrence writes:

Many foster children have special needs and receive special education services at their local school through an IEP/Individual Education Plan. Special Education students are mandated by federal law as eligible to receive education services until they are 21, UNLESS they turn 21 after the beginning of the new school year. Then they are eligible to continue receiving services until the end the school year. In Virginia, with this bill, we could be denying support to a special needs, present or former foster child, who may be trying to complete their senior year of high school. Would be great if the wording would allow foster and former foster children to receive assistance until the completion of their IEP, at the end of the school year, even if they turn 21 after the beginning of the school year.