HD65 - Report of the Joint Subcommittee Studying the Commonwealth's Adoption Laws

Executive Summary:

House Joint Resolution No. 100, agreed to by the 1994 General Assembly, established a joint subcommittee to study the need to reform the Commonwealth's adoption laws, particularly pertaining to the consent period for parental placements (Appendix A). The resolution states that the deliberations of the joint subcommittee shall include, but not be limited to, the following issues:

1. The appropriate amount of time that the birth parents should wait after the birth of the child in order to make their final decision about placing the child for adoption;

2. .Whether or not the birth parents should be given the option to revoke their decision, and if so, the number of days allowed to do so;

3. Whether Virginia should adopt the Uniform Adoption Act proposed by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws;

4. Whether the child should be placed with foster parents or with adoptive parents if the birth parents are considering revoking their decision; and

5. The rights of the father if he does not have the opportunity to come forward at the time of the decision.