Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Background Checks for Child Welfare Agencies [22 VAC 40 ‑ 191]
Repeal regulation and promulgate new regulation
Action 1148
General Information
Action Summary The purpose of the proposed action is to promulgate a new regulation. The new regulation establishes background checks for child welfare agencies. It replaces 22 VAC 40-190-10 et seq. and is needed to reflect changes to the Code of Virginia (Code) from 1995 to the present. The new regulation will include: (1) language to support the waiver of criminal convictions; (2) sections to help the lay reader better understand the background checks process; (3) clarifications and content changes that reflect current practices and are responsive to questions from the public and local agencies; and (4) stylistic changes to eliminate redundancy and make the regulation more understandable. The goals of the new regulation are to comply with the Code, make it easier for the public to understand the content, and provide clarification in order to improve compliance
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 22 VAC 40-191 Background Checks for Child Welfare Agencies Promulgate New Regulation
Other chapters
  22 VAC 40 - 190 Regulation for Criminal Record Checks for Child Welfare Agencies
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project No project yet assigned to this action
Associated Mandates Criminal Background Checks
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
1929 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 11/20/2002.
2159 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/12/2003.
2457 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/01/2004.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Wenda Singer  / Program Consultant
Address: Virginia Department of Social Services
730 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)692-2201    FAX: (804)692-2370    TDD: (800)828-1120