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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
Chapter 191. Background Checks for Child Welfare Agencies
4/10/2020

22VAC40-191-120. Describing the Waiver Evaluation Criteria.

A. The commissioner may delegate all aspects of processing and evaluating waiver requests, provided that responsibility for making the final decision may not be delegated below the level of a division director.

B. The final decision is based on the following:

1. The content of the waiver application package;

2. The nature of the conviction or convictions and relevance to decision criteria;

3. The extent and pattern of criminal history or child abuse and neglect, including the person's age when the act occurred and how long ago the act occurred; and

4. In the case of prospective foster parents for a licensed child-placing agency, a review of the criminal record requirements of the Safe Families and Adoption Act of 1997 (42 USC § 1305) to determine if this federal law would permit a waiver.

C. The applicant may be required to provide additional information that is reasonable and necessary to evaluate the application.

D. The commissioner may interview the applicant or other persons sufficient to verify and evaluate the information in the application package.

E. The commissioner may grant a waiver if the commissioner determines that:

1. The person is now of good moral character and reputation; and

2. The waiver would not adversely affect the safety and well-being of children in the person's care.

F. The commissioner will consider a waiver application abandoned, and close the file, when:

1. More than 60 days have passed since the commissioner advised the requester and the sponsoring agency that the waiver application was incomplete, or since the commissioner requested additional information that was reasonably necessary to evaluate the application; and

2. The commissioner informs the requester by certified mail that the waiver application would be considered abandoned unless the requester provides the requested information within 15 days.

G. Waiver decisions are not appealable.

Statutory Authority

§§ 63.2-217, 63.2-901.1, 63.2-1704, and 63.2-1720 through 63.2-1724 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 20, Issue 11, eff. April 1, 2004; Errata, 20:12 VA.R. 1526 February 23, 2004; amended, Virginia Register Volume 22, Issue 22, eff. September 1, 2006.

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