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2017 SESSION

17100651D
SENATE BILL NO. 1315
Offered January 11, 2017
Prefiled January 10, 2017
A BILL to amend and reenact 63.2-904 of the Code of Virginia, relating to foster care; possession of firearm.
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Patron-- Carrico (By Request)
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Referred to Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That 63.2-904 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

63.2-904. Investigation, visitation, and supervision of foster homes or independent living arrangement; possession and storage of firearms; removal of child.

A. Before placing or arranging for the placement of any such child in a foster home or independent living arrangement, a local board or licensed child-placing agency shall cause a careful study to be made to determine the suitability of such home or independent living arrangement, and after placement shall cause such home or independent living arrangement and child to be visited as often as necessary to protect the interests of such child.

B. Every local board or licensed child-placing agency that places a child in a foster home or independent living arrangement shall maintain such supervision over such home or independent living arrangement as shall be required by the standards and policies established by the Board.

C. Whenever any child placed by a local board or licensed child-placing agency and still under its control or supervision is subject, in the home in which he is placed, to unwholesome influences or to neglect or mistreatment, or whenever the Commissioner shall so order, such local board or agency shall cause the child to be removed from such home and shall make for him such arrangements as may be approved by the Commissioner.

D. Consistent with the reasonable and prudent parent standard defined in 42 U.S.C. 675(10)(A), caregivers for children in foster care shall support normalcy for such children. The Board shall adopt regulations to assist local boards and licensed child-placing agencies in carrying out practices that support careful and sensible parental decisions that maintain the health, safety, and best interest of the child while at the same time encouraging his emotional and developmental growth.

E. Possession of any firearms or other weapons in the foster home shall comply with federal and state laws. The individual providing foster care services shall store all firearms, other weapons, and ammunition in a locked closet or cabinet unless they are being lawfully carried on the individual's person. The key or combination to the locked closet or cabinet shall be maintained out of the reach of all children in the home.