Foster care; DSS to establish and implement a collaborative local board placement program. (HB653)

Introduced By

Del. Will Wampler (R-Abingdon) with support from co-patrons Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun), and Del. John McGuire (R-Glen Allen)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Foster care; local boards of social services; collaborative placement program. Directs the Department of Social Services to establish and implement a collaborative local board placement program to increase kinship placements and the number of locally approved foster homes. The bill provides that such program shall require local boards of social services (local boards) within each region to work collaboratively to (i) facilitate approval of kinship foster parents through engagement, assessment, and training and (ii) expand the pool of available foster homes within and across the localities of such local boards. The bill also requires local boards, when placing a child, to seek placement with a foster family within the locality of the local board or a nearby locality through the collaborative local board placement program. Read the Bill »


03/03/2022: Passed the Senate


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101454D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/25/2022Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/25/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB653)
01/26/2022Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
02/01/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/02/2022Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2022Read first time
02/07/2022Read second time
02/07/2022Committee amendments agreed to
02/07/2022Engrossed by House as amended HB653E
02/07/2022Printed as engrossed 22101454D-E
02/08/2022Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/08/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2022Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/08/2022Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/08/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage #2 (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB653E)
02/09/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2022Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/18/2022Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
03/01/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Read third time
03/03/2022Reading of amendment waived
03/03/2022Committee amendment agreed to
03/03/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/03/2022Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Senate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 98-N)
03/07/2022VOTE: Rejected (0-Y 98-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate insisted on amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Senate requested conference committee
03/09/2022House acceded to request
03/09/2022Conferees appointed by House
03/09/2022Delegates: Wampler, Bell, Sickles
03/10/2022Conferees appointed by Senate
03/10/2022Senators: Boysko, Spruill, Hanger
03/12/2022Continued to 2022 Sp. Sess. pursuant to HJR 455
03/12/2022Continued to 2022 Sp. Sess. 1 pursuant to HJR455