Adoption by stepparent; background check. (HB371)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), and Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adoption by stepparent; background check. Repeals the July 1, 2020, sunset on provisions that require 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. Read the Bill »


01/21/2020: passed committee


01/02/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102504D
01/02/2020Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB371)
01/21/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2020Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2020Committee substitute printed 20106243D-H1
01/23/2020Read first time
01/24/2020Passed by for the day
01/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB371H1)
01/27/2020Passed by for the day
01/28/2020Passed by for the day
01/29/2020Read second time
01/29/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106243D-H1
01/29/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB371H1
01/30/2020Read third time and defeated by House (45-Y 52-N)
01/30/2020VOTE: DEFEATED (45-Y 52-N) (see vote tally)