Confirmatory adoption; expands the stepparent adoption provisions. (SB1321)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon) with support from co-patrons Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria), Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), and Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Confirmatory adoption. Expands the stepparent adoption provisions to allow a person who is not the child's stepparent but has a legitimate interest in the child to file a joint petition for adoption with the child's birth parent or parent by adoption. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102745D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/20/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1321)
01/22/2021Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with amendments (11-Y 1-N 3-A) (see vote tally)
01/22/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/26/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (11-Y 2-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Read second time
01/28/2021Reading of amendments waived
01/28/2021Committee amendments agreed to
01/28/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1321E
01/28/2021Printed as engrossed 21102745D-E
01/28/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1321E)
01/29/2021Read third time and passed Senate (24-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Placed on Calendar
02/02/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/09/2021Assigned HWI sub: Social Services
02/16/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (5-Y 1-N)
02/16/2021Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/16/2021Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/16/2021Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/17/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/17/2021Reported from Appropriations (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Read second time
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Passed House (80-Y 20-N)
02/22/2021VOTE: Passage (80-Y 20-N)
02/24/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1321ER)
02/24/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1321ER)
02/24/2021Signed by President
02/25/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 252 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0252)