Adoption; court to refer case to child-placing agency. (HB869)

Introduced By

Del. Emily Brewer (R-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adoption. Allows a circuit court, upon consideration of a petition for adoption, to immediately enter an interlocutory order referring the case to a child-placing agency to conduct a visitation instead of entering an order of reference referring the case to a child-placing agency for investigation and makes other amendments to accommodate for and bolster this change. The bill allows petitions for adoption submitted by the persons listed as the child's parents on his birth certificate to be filed and granted under the provisions governing stepparent adoptions. The bill states that a putative father's registration with the Virginia Birth Father Registry is untimely regarding a child whose adoption has been finalized 180 days or more prior to such registration and in certain other instances set forth in the bill and allows written notice of an adoption plan to be sent to a putative father by express mail with proof of delivery in addition to delivery by personal service or certified mailing as in current law. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22104018D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB869)
01/28/2022Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
02/02/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/2022Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2022Committee substitute printed 22105788D-H1
02/09/2022Read first time
02/10/2022Read second time
02/10/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105788D-H1
02/10/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB869H1
02/11/2022Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/11/2022VOTE: Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB869H1)
02/14/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/23/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/23/2022Reported from Judiciary with amendments (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2022Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2022Read third time
02/28/2022Reading of amendments waived
02/28/2022Committee amendments agreed to
02/28/2022Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Senate amendments agreed to by House (99-Y 0-N)
03/02/2022VOTE: Adoption (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB869ER)
03/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB869ER)
03/08/2022Signed by Speaker
03/08/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 377 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0377)

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