2006 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB5002 (Conference Report)

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Task Force on Adoptions (language only)

Item 338 #2c

Item 338 #2c

Health And Human Resources
Department Of Social Services

Page 303, after line 9, insert:
"P.1.  The Commissioner shall continue reviewing 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, 2007.
2.  General fund appropriations in Item 354 of Chapter 2, 2006 Special Session I Acts of Assembly shall be reappropriated for expenditure in this item for task force activities during the 2006-08 biennium."

(This amendment continues a task force on adoptions created in the Item 354 of Chapter 2, 2006 Special Session I Acts of Assembly that is to be 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 was 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. Language is added authorizing the reappropriation of unexpended funds for this purpose from Item 354 of Chapter 2, 2006 Special Session I Acts of Assembly .)