Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Foster and Adoptive Family Home Approval Standards [22 VAC 40 ‑ 211]
Implement Foster Parent Bill of Rights and Reenforce the Role of Foster and Adoptive Parents
Action 5383
General Information
Action Summary Chapter 336 of the 2019 Acts of Assembly (HB2108) requires the Department of Social Services (DSS) to promulgate regulations to ensure collaboration, communication, access, and transparency between the local boards, licensed child placing agencies (LCPA), and foster parents. The regulation requires local boards and LCPA provide foster parents with all reasonably ascertainable background, medical, and psychological records of the child prior to placement, all information relevant to the child’s foster care services, and copies of all documents related to the foster parent, his family, and services provided to the foster home on an ongoing basis. Local boards and LCPA are required to notify foster parents of court hearings; scheduled meetings; decisions made by the court, local board, or licensed child-placing agency concerning the child’s foster care service; changes to the child’s case plan or termination of child’s placement in a timely manner. The regulation also requires the timely response to requests for information regarding the child’s progress after leaving foster care, if it is in the child’s best interest. The regulation will set forth a dispute resolution process through which a foster parent may contest an alleged violation by the local board or LCPA. The dispute resolution process includes an appeal process for the foster parent.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006042]
Associated Mandates Foster care agreements; rights of foster parent; dispute resolution.
New Periodic Review This action will be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8756 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. Emergency regulation expired on 07/03/2022.
9280 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 04/15/2022.
9713 Final Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.
Contact Information
Name / Title: C. Garrett Jones  / Resource Family Program Manager
Address: 801 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)726-7527    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-