Residual parental rights; termination if in child's best interest, foster care placement. (HB1218)

Introduced By

Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Termination of parental rights. Provides that the residual parental rights of a parent of a child placed in foster care may be terminated if the courts finds, based upon clear and convincing evidence, that it is in the child's best interests and that the parent, without good cause, has been unwilling or unable to substantially remedy the conditions that led to such foster care placement within a reasonable period of time not to exceed 15 total months from the date the child was first placed in foster care within the most recent 22 months. Current law provides that such reasonable period of time is not to exceed 12 months from the date the child was placed in foster care. The bill further requires the court to consider any wishes of a child expressed during a consultation with the child at a permanency planning hearing and to give such wishes weight as the court deems proper, given the child's age, maturity, and circumstances. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102214D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
01/22/2018Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (4-Y 2-N)
02/15/2018Left in Courts of Justice