Adoption and foster care; barrier crimes, exception. (HB437)

Introduced By

Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adoption and foster care; barrier crimes; exception. Allows a child-placing agency to approve as an adoptive or foster parent an applicant convicted of any offense set forth in the definition of barrier crime in clause (iv) of § 19.2-392.02 who has had his civil rights restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority, provided that eight years have elapsed following the conviction and that the applicant (i) has complied with all obligations imposed by the criminal court; (ii) has completed a substance abuse treatment program; (iii) has completed a drug test administered by a laboratory or medical professional within 90 days prior to being approved, and such test returned with a negative result; and (iv) complies with any other obligations as determined by the Department of Social Services. This bill is identical to SB 920. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103137D
01/06/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
01/16/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB437)
01/31/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
02/05/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Committee substitute printed 18106510D-H1
02/07/2018Read first time
02/07/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB437H1)
02/08/2018Read second time
02/08/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106510D-H1
02/08/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB437H1
02/09/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE(99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y -0-N)
02/09/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2018Rereferred from Courts of Justice (8-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Rereferred to Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/23/2018Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Read third time
02/27/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB437ER)
03/01/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB437ER)
03/01/2018Signed by Speaker
03/03/2018Signed by President
03/07/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 7, 2018
03/07/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/19/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 369 (effective 7/1/18)
03/19/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0369)