Post-adoption contact & communication agreements; child placed in foster care, court commitment. (SB1139)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Post-adoption contact and communication agreements. Requires the court to consider the appropriateness of a written post-adoption contact and communication agreement entered into in any case in which a child has been placed in foster care as a result of court commitment, an entrustment agreement or other voluntary relinquishment by the parent or parents, or in cases in which there is voluntary consent to the adoption of the child at a permanency planning hearing. Under current law, such consideration is discretionary. The bill further requires, for agency adoptions, the agency authorized to place the child for adoption to inform the birth and adoptive parents of a child that they may enter into a written post-adoption contract and communication agreement. The bill further requires a circuit court to approve a post-adoption contact and communication agreement authorized or entered into unless certain determinations are made or certain factors are present. Currently, such approval is discretionary and requires both that certain factors be present and for certain determinations to be made by the court in order for such agreement to be approved. Amends § 16.1-283.1, § 63.2-1220.2, § 63.2-1220.3, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


12/30/2018: Awaiting a Vote in the Courts of Justice Committee


12/30/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103550D
12/30/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/11/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1139)

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Courts of Justice committee on 01/21/2019. It meets on Monday, 8:00 A.M. and Wednesday, 1/2 hour after adjournment - Senate Room B.

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