Foster care; numerous changes to laws governing provision of services in the Commonwealth. (SB1339)

Introduced By

Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) with support from 37 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg), Sen. Bill Carrico (R-Grayson), Sen. Ben Chafin (R-Lebanon), Sen. Amanda Chase (R-Midlothian), Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake), Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg), Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath), Sen. Bill DeSteph (R-Virginia Beach), Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant (R-Henrico), Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria), Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon), Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston), Sen. Lynwood Lewis (D-Accomac), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Sen. Dave Marsden (D-Burke), Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Ryan McDougle (R-Mechanicsville), Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City), Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest), Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg), Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg), Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax), Sen. Frank Ruff (R-Clarksville), Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield), Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake), Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta), Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland), Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian), Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon), Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester), Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Foster care omnibus. Makes numerous changes to the laws governing the provision of foster care services in the Commonwealth. Among other things, the bill (i) allows the Commissioner of Social Services to develop and implement a corrective action plan for or assume temporary control over the foster care services of a local board of social services upon determining that the local board (a) has failed to provide foster care services or make placement and removal decisions in accordance with applicable laws or regulations or (b) has taken any action that poses a substantial risk to the health, safety, or well-being of any child under its supervision and control; (ii) requires the Commissioner to create within the State Department of Social Services (the Department) a foster care health and safety director position; (iii) directs the Commissioner to establish and maintain a confidential hotline to receive reports and complaints from foster parents and other persons regarding violations of laws or regulations applicable to foster care and any other matters related to the health, safety, or well-being of children in foster care; (iv) directs the Department to develop and implement a more reliable, structured, and comprehensive case review and quality improvement process to monitor and improve foster care services provided by local boards and departments of social services; and (v) requires the Department to establish and update annually a caseload standard that limits the number of foster care cases that may be assigned to each foster care caseworker. Amends § 63.2-209, § 63.2-900, § 63.2-900.1, § 63.2-904, § 63.2-906, § 63.2-907, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/08/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102687D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services committee on 01/18/2019. It meets on Friday, 8:30 A.M. - Senate Room B.

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