Adoption and foster care; home study reciprocity, licensed child-placing agencies, effective date. (HB1744)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adoption and foster care; home study reciprocity. Provides that home studies conducted by a local board of social services or licensed child-placing agency for the purpose of placing a child in a foster home or with an adoptive family shall, on and after January 1, 2024, be transferable between all localities, local boards, and licensed child-placing agencies within the Commonwealth at the request of the prospective foster parent or the prospective adoptive parent, subject to any time limitations or other requirements imposed by law or regulation. The bill requires all home studies to be conducted in accordance with the Mutual Family Assessment home study template and any addenda thereto developed by the Department of Social Services. The bill directs the State Board of Social Services to promulgate regulations that establish market rates for such home studies. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23103974D
01/09/2023Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/16/2023Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #1
01/17/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB1744)
01/24/2023House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/24/2023Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (9-Y 0-N)
01/31/2023Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2023Committee substitute printed 23105093D-H1
02/02/2023Read first time
02/03/2023Read second time
02/03/2023Committee substitute agreed to 23105093D-H1
02/03/2023Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1744H1
02/06/2023Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/06/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB1744H1)
02/06/2023VOTE: Block Vote Passage (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2023Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2023Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
02/17/2023Reported from Rehabilitation and Social Services (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2023Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2023Read third time
02/21/2023Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2023Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1744ER)
02/24/2023Signed by Speaker
02/25/2023Impact statement from DPB (HB1744ER)
02/25/2023Signed by President
03/02/2023Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 2, 2023
03/02/2023G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 27, 2023
03/23/2023G Approved by Governor-Chapter 340 (effective -see bill)
03/23/2023G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0340)


Tammie Lawson writes:

I support this bill with an additional reminder that families should be considered in all placement of children no child should be in foster care if they have a loving family who cares for them.

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