Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Minimum Standards for Licensed Private Child-Placing Agencies [22 VAC 40 ‑ 131]
Amend Standards for Licensed Child-Placing Agencies
Action 5369
General Information
Action Summary Standards for Licensed Child-Placing Agencies, 22VAC40-131, provide criteria for the public and Virginia Department of Social Services to evaluate the safety and stability of care that children and youth receive from licensed child placing agencies. Proposed amendments in this action will bring the regulation into alignment with the following state and federal laws: Foster Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (federal law); Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 (federal law); Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 (federal law); and Chapter 297 of the 2019 Acts of Assembly (ยง 20-166 et seq. of Title 20 of the Code of Virginia), which include requirements for licensed child placing agencies that assist parents and legal guardians with the process of delegating parental and legal custodial powers for their children. This regulatory action will also align with applicable requirements in Permanency Services-Prevention, Foster Care, Adoption, and Independent Living, 22VAC40-201 and Resource, Foster and Adoptive Family Home Approval Standards, 22VAC40-211. These regulations provide rules for public child placing agencies that ensure the well-being of children and youth in foster care, adoption and independent living services. This action will add definitions, clarify requirements, and provide technical edits and any other changes deemed necessary after public comment and review.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006138]
Associated Mandates
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
8732 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 03/04/2020.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Alisa Foley  / Policy & Program Evaluation Consultant
Address: 801 E. Main Street

Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
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