Adoption assistance; children with special needs. (HB2215)

Introduced By

Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) with support from co-patron Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adoption assistance for children with special needs. Moves the requirement that a child be a citizen or legal resident of the United States from the definition of "child with special needs" to the eligibility criteria for the adoptive parents of such child to receive adoption assistance. The bill modifies the exception to the eligibility requirement that efforts be made to place the child in an adoptive home without the provision of adoption assistance to include consideration of the child's best interest due to factors such as the child's development of significant emotional ties with his foster parents while in their care, provided that the foster parents wish to adopt the child. Under current law, the exception is limited to situations in which the child has developed emotional ties with his foster parents and the foster parents wish to adopt the child. The bill modifies other requirements for a child with special needs to receive certain types of adoption assistance and for a child who is between the ages of 18 and 21 to receive adoption assistance. The bill also provides that a representative of the Department of Social Services shall negotiate all adoption assistance agreements with both existing and prospective adoptive parents on behalf of local departments of social services. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17101365D
01/11/2017Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2215)
01/17/2017Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #3
01/31/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 0-N)
02/02/2017Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2017Read first time
02/06/2017Read second time and engrossed
02/07/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/07/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2017Referred 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 (HB2215ER)
02/16/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB2215ER)
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 199 (effective 7/1/17)
02/23/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0199)


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 1 minute.