Foster care placements; court review, best interests of the child. (SB396)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Foster care placements; court review; best interests of the child. Provides that the court has the authority to review a foster care plan placement determination by a local board of social services. The bill requires a foster care plan to assess the stability of proposed placements, the services provided or plans for services to be provided to address placement instability, and a description of other placements that were considered for the child. The bill codifies the factors to be considered when determining the best interests of a child for the purposes of developing foster care plans. The bill also (i) requests that the Judicial Council of Virginia study child dependency hearings in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court system and make recommendations to the General Assembly as to whether a separate docket or court would result in better service to children and families involved in child dependency hearings and other family law matters and (ii) directs the Office of the Children's Ombudsman to convene a work group to consider issues relating to the Commonwealth's model of court-appointed legal counsel in child dependency cases. Read the Bill »


01/11/2022: Awaiting a Vote in the Judiciary Committee


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103950D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary committee on 01/24/2022. It meets on Monday, 8:00 A.M. and Wednesday, 1/2 hour after adjournment - Senate Room B.

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