2006 Session

Budget Amendments - SB29 (Committee Approved)

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Task Force on Adoptions

Item 354 #1s

Item 354 #1s

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of FY2005 $0 FY2006 $200,000 GF

Page 112, line 30, strike "$47,654,241" and insert "$47,854,241".
Page 115, after line 39, insert:
"M.  The Commissioner shall convene a task force to review the Commonwealth's current policies on adoptions and foster care and recommend mechanisms to expedite the adoption of children from foster care as well as children not in the state's care.  The Commissioner shall recruit a national expert on the adoption of children to co-chair the task force.  The task force shall include the Commissioner, a national expert, local department of social services staff, adoptive parents, and other interested stakeholders.  The task force shall report its findings and policy recommendations to the Commission on Youth and the Chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees no later than June 30, 2006."

(This amendment requires the Commissioner of Social Services to convene a task force co-chaired by a national expert to study the Commonwealth's current adoption and foster care policies and recommend ways to expedite the adoption of children in Virginia. Funding is provided for costs associated with assembling a task force, soliciting national advice on best practices related to expediting adoptions, and providing recommendations to the General Assembly.)