Parental or legal custodial powers, temporary delegation; child-placing agency. (HB998)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Byron (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patrons Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), and Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Temporary delegation of parental or legal custodial powers; child-placing agency. Allows a parent or legal custodian of a minor to delegate to another person by a properly executed power of attorney any powers regarding care, custody, or property of the minor for a period not exceeding one year. The bill provides that a parent or legal custodian who is a service member, as defined in the bill, may delegate such powers for a period of longer than a year while on active duty service, but specifies that such a period is not to exceed such active duty service plus 30 days. The bill also exempts from the requirement to obtain a license as a child-placing agency a private, nonprofit organization that assists parents with the process of delegating parental or legal custodial powers of their children, including assistance with identifying appropriate placements for their children, or that provides services and resources to support parents and legal guardians to whom custody has been transferred pursuant to a temporary delegation of parental or legal custodial powers. However, such private, nonprofit organizations will be subject to background checks and must develop and implement written policies for certain services and provide staff and provider training. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104498D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB998)
01/16/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
01/22/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (5-Y 3-N)
02/05/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (10-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2018Read first time
02/08/2018Read second time
02/08/2018Committee amendment agreed to
02/08/2018Pending question ordered
02/08/2018Engrossed by House as amended HB998E
02/08/2018Printed as engrossed 18104498D-E
02/09/2018Read third time and passed House (57-Y 41-N 1-A)
02/09/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (57-Y 41-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB998E)
02/14/2018Continued to 2019 in Courts of Justice (13-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
11/30/2018Left in Courts of Justice