Agencies | Governor
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Child Protective Services [22 VAC 40 ‑ 705]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Exempt Amendment to Child Protective Services
General Information
Action Summary This regulatory action is necessary to implement the requirements of legislation passed during the 2020 session of the General Assembly. Chapter 38 (HB 287) of the 2020 Acts of Assembly amends the retention time for unfounded Child Protective Services investigations from one year to three years. Chapter 5 (HB 778) and Chapter 228 (SB 412) of the 2020 Acts of Assembly (identical bills) amend the family assessment completion time frame from 45 days to 60 days and remove the ability of the local departments of social services (LDSS) to extend the completion time frame for the family assessment. Chapter 6 (HB 1006) and Chapter 234 (SB 706) of the 2020 Acts of Assembly change the name of the sex trafficking assessment to the human trafficking assessment and allow LDSS conducting human trafficking assessments to interview the alleged child victim or their siblings, without the consent of and outside the presence of the child’s or sibling’s parent, guardian, legal custodian, other person standing in loco parentis, or school personnel.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: 2.2-4006 A.4.a.
RIS Project Yes  [006386]
Associated Mandates
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8975 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/15/2020.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Mary Walter  / CPS Program Consultant
Address: 801 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)726-7569    FAX: (804)726-7499    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.