Adoption by stepparent; background check. (HB227)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Stolle (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Joe Lindsey (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adoption by stepparent; background check. Requires a circuit court, when determining whether an investigation by the director of the local department of social services should be required before a final order is entered to approve as an adoptive parent the spouse of a child's birth or adoptive parent, to consider the results of a national criminal history background check conducted on the prospective adoptive parent. The provisions of the bill expire on July 1, 2020. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/29/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102229D
12/29/2017Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/15/2018Assigned HWI sub:
01/15/2018Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #2
01/16/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB227)
01/16/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
01/18/2018Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2018Read first time
01/23/2018Passed by for the day
01/24/2018Read second time
01/24/2018Committee amendment agreed to
01/24/2018Engrossed by House as amended HB227E
01/24/2018Printed as engrossed 18102229D-E
01/25/2018Read third time and passed House (97-Y 1-N)
01/25/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
01/26/2018Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/29/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB227E)
02/02/2018Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2018Committee substitute printed 18106639D-S1
02/05/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB227S1)
02/06/2018Read third time
02/06/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/06/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106639D-S1
02/06/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB227S1
02/06/2018Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2018Placed on Calendar
02/08/2018Senate substitute agreed to by House 18106639D-S1 (97-Y 1-N)
02/08/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB227ER)
02/12/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB227ER)
02/12/2018Signed by Speaker
02/14/2018Signed by President
02/15/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/15/17
02/15/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, February 22, 2018
02/22/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 9 (effective 7/1/18)
02/22/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0009)