Virginia Adoption Requirements


The State of Virginia does not accredit courses used for compliance with the core competencies required by the State of Virginia for pre-service training to be provided to adoptive families; therefore, Creating a Family does not warrant or guarantee that the State of Virginia will accept our courses as evidence of compliance with these core competencies. We have done our best to create courses that we believe will prepare parents and staff for domestic and intercountry adoption as required by the State of Virginia. 22VAC40-131-210.A. requires training on the listed core competencies as applicable to the type of adoption. We have spoken with agencies in Virginia about which core competencies that state finds applicable to the different types of adoption and our packages are designed accordingly. If you have been told to include training on other core competencies for your adoptions, please contact us and we can suggest additional courses to cover those competencies.

For your convenience only, we have included the regulations that we believe our courses can be used in achieving at least partial compliance with the requirements; however, adoption service providers must decide for themselves. Our inclusion of these regulations implies only that we believe that the course addresses some of the topics included in the specified regulatory section and does not imply that the course can be used in complete fulfillment of that regulation.

For information specific to Virginia, go to the Child Welfare Information Gateway State Search site to find information on the Virginia requirements on background checks, consent to adoption, home study requirements, post-adoption contact agreements, adoption expense regulations, use of advertising, and who may adopt or place a child for adoption.