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. Provides that the juvenile and domestic relations district court has the authority to review a child's status in foster care or review a foster care plan. The bill requires a foster care plan to describe in writing an assessment of 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 also (i) requests that the Committee on District Courts 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 »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103950D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/24/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/24/2022Reported from Judiciary with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2022Committee substitute printed 22105002D-S1
01/25/2022Passed by for the day
01/26/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB396S1)
01/27/2022Read second time
01/27/2022Reading of substitute waived
01/27/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22105002D-S1
01/27/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB396S1
01/28/2022Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/22/2022Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
02/23/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
02/28/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/28/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
02/28/2022Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
03/02/2022Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Committee substitute printed 22107143D-H1
03/02/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
03/04/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB396H1)
03/04/2022Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Read second time
03/09/2022Read third time
03/09/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22107143D-H1
03/09/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB396H1
03/09/2022Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
03/09/2022VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022House substitute agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/10/2022Title replaced 22107143D-H1
03/21/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB396ER)
03/21/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB396ER)
03/21/2022Signed by President
03/22/2022Signed by Speaker
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 305 (effective 7/1/22)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0305)


MRWBA Legislative Committee, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Provides for court review of foster care plan placement determinations by local DSS, and codifies factors that must be considered when developing foster care plans.