Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Social Services
State Board of Social Services
Permanency Services - Prevention, Foster Care, Adoption, and Independent Living [22 VAC 40 ‑ 201]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Add Fostering Futures to Permanency Regulation
Action 5533
General Information
Action Summary This regulatory action is necessary to implement the requirements of legislation passed during the 2020 session of the General Assembly and to conform the existing regulation to current state law. Chapter 95 (HB 400) and Chapter 732 (SB 156) of the 2020 Acts of Assembly codify the Fostering Futures program, which was previously established to provide continuing services and support to youth 18 to 21 years of age who were in foster care upon turning age 18. These services and support are designed to assist the youth in transitioning to adulthood, becoming self-sufficient, and creating permanent, positive relationships. This program is voluntary and respects the autonomy of the youth as an adult. The regulatory changes include the addition of the voluntary continuing services and support agreement, court review requirements, participant termination, and identification of services and supports, as directed in the enactment clause of the respective bills. Chapter 366 (HB 933) and Chapter 224 (SB 178) of the 2020 Acts of Assembly add fictive kin to the definition of kinship foster care. Chapter 562 (SB 1025) of the 2020 Acts of Assembly requires local boards of social services to request a waiver of training requirements necessary for the approval of a kinship foster parent upon determining that training requirements are a barrier to placement with the kinship foster parent and that such placement is in the child's best interest.
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  [006388]
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
8973 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/15/2020.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Em Parente 
Address: 801 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)726-7895    FAX: (804)726-7538    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.