Foster Care Prevention program; established. (SB56)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Foster Care Prevention program. Establishes the Foster Care Prevention program to facilitate placements with relatives and ensure that such relatives are provided with the resources necessary to provide care for the child. The bill provides that a child is eligible to participate in the Foster Care Prevention program if the local department of social services (local department) determines that (i) the child is being cared for by a relative; (ii) the child's parent or guardian voluntarily placed the child with such relative after November 1, 2020; (iii) the child demonstrates a strong attachment to the relative, and the relative has a strong commitment to caring for the child; and (iv) the placement of the child with the relative was necessary to prevent or eliminate the need to place the child in foster care. The bill requires relatives seeking to receive Foster Care Prevention program payments to enter into an agreement with the local department and Department of Social Services that describes the manner in which payments will be provided and establishes the amount of such payments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/31/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100669D
12/31/2021Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
01/14/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/14/2022Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/14/2022Committee substitute printed 22104414D-S1
01/14/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/24/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB56S1)
01/31/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2022Committee substitute printed 22104687D-S2
02/03/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2022Read second time
02/04/2022Committee substitute rejected 22104414D-S1
02/04/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22104687D-S2
02/04/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB56S2
02/07/2022Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB56S2)
02/22/2022Placed on Calendar
02/22/2022Read first time
02/22/2022Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/24/2022Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/25/2022Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources
03/01/2022Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (8-Y 0-N)
03/08/2022Left in Appropriations

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