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Agency
Department of Social Services
 
GDForum ID: 1743
Description of Proposed Guidance Document Changes
New and revised guidance will include reorganizing Section 2: Adoption Assistance. Revisions clarify the expanded federal Title IV-E eligibility requirements for the adoption assistance program and aligns the definition of “special needs” with kin-first culture by allowing the placement of children with relatives for adoption who meet the requirements for adoption assistance. Additional changes include outlining the process to determine eligibility for adoption assistance for private and independent adoptions. Programmatic content related to the availability of special services has moved to Section 4: Post-Adoption Supports. Changes in Section 5: Adoption Disclosure clarify the differences between identifying and non-identifying information and creates the opportunity for adoptees to request and receive updated medical information. In Section 6: Non-Agency Placement Adoptions, language is added that allows circuit court judges flexibility in ordering an investigation for adult adoptions. Additionally, Section 6 is modified to expand step-parent adoptions by allowing for those with a legitimate interest to join a birth parent in a petition to adopt a child.
 
Guidance Document(s) for this Comment Forum
 
Document ID Document Title Document in Effect Proposed Document
7173 Child and Family Services Manual, Chapter F, Adoption n/a pdf Proposed Document Updated on 3/9/2022
 
Contact Information
 
Name:
Karin Clark
        Title:
Regulatory Coordinator
 
Email:
karin.clark@dss.virginia.gov
 
Address:
801 East Main Street, Room 1507
 
City:
Richmond
State:  
VA
Zip:  
23219
 
Phone:
(804)726-7017
Fax:  
(804)726-7015
TDD: 
(800)828-1120
 
 
The Virginia Register
 

Publication Date: 1/3/2022    Volume: 38  Issue: 10
The public comment period began upon publication and extended for 30 days. It ended on 2/2/2022.
View Comments      There are 1 comments. The last comment was entered on 2/2/2022

Effective Date:  2/3/2022 
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