Adoptive and foster care placements; Mutual Family Assessment home study. (HB1795)

Introduced By

Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton) with support from co-patron Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adoptive and foster placements; Mutual Family Assessment home study. Requires that home studies conducted by local boards of social services to determine the appropriateness of an adoptive or foster placement comply with the Mutual Family Assessment home study template and any addenda thereto developed by the Department of Social Services (the Department). The bill provides authority to the Department to amend or update its Mutual Family Assessment home study template and any addenda thereto when necessary to improve the process of adoptive and foster placements, provided such amendments or updates do not lessen the requirements of the home study process. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101503D
01/09/2017Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/12/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1795)
01/17/2017Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2017Read first time
01/19/2017Passed by for the day
01/20/2017Read second time and engrossed
01/23/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/23/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
01/24/2017Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/10/2017Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2017Read third time
02/14/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1795ER)
02/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1795ER)
02/16/2017Signed by Speaker
02/17/2017Signed by President
02/17/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/17/17
02/17/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 24, 2017
02/23/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 193 (effective 7/1/17)
02/23/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0193)


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.