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
Exempt Permanency Regulatory Action-2022 Legislative Changes
Action 5976
General Information
Action Summary This regulatory action is necessary to implement the requirements of legislation passed during the 2022 session of the Virginia General Assembly and to conform the existing regulation to current state law. Chapter 377 (HB 869) of the 2022 Acts of Assembly amends current Code related to notification and timely registration requirements of the Virginia Birth Father Registry. Current regulations require that when the whereabouts of a birth father are reasonably ascertainable, the child-placing agency must provide written notice to a birth father regarding the existence of an adoption plan and the availability of registration with the Virginia Birth Father Registry. Proposed regulatory changes include amendments that allow for the written notice to a birth father to be provided by certified mail with proof of service or express mail with proof of delivery to the birth father’s last known address.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act, but falls within the Executive Branch and will be reviewed by the Governor's Office.
RIS Project Yes  [7222]
Associated Mandates Adoption
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
9658 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/10/2022.
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.