Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Minimum Standards for Licensed Independent Foster Homes [22 VAC 40 ‑ 141]
Amend Regulation as a Result of Periodic Review
Action 1144
General Information
Action Summary The purpose of the proposed action is to amend existing standards for licensed independent foster homes to clarify the intent of some of the regulation and to incorporate changes made in the Code of Virginia as a result of the recodification of Title 63.1, effective October 1, 2002. Proposed amendments include: allowing "placement agreements" thereby allowing parental retention of custody; allowing children to remain in the independent foster home "no longer than six months" in certain circumstances; updating medical requirements; clarifying capacity; revising standards regarding physical restraint and time-out/separation; strenghtening requirements surrounding care of infants; updating safety requirements; clarifying exceptions; and, including language regarding respecting diversity and the responsibilities of the licensee.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project No project yet assigned to this action
Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed 2/28/2002
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
1923 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 11/20/2002.
2242 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/26/2004.
2853 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/01/2005.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Cynthia Carneal  / Operations Consultant
Address: Division of Licensing Programs
7 North Eighth Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)726-7140    FAX: (804)726-7132    TDD: (800)828-1120