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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
Chapter 201. Permanency Services - Prevention, Foster Care, Adoption and Independent Living

22VAC40-201-150. Adoption Resource Exchange of Virginia.

A. The Adoption Resource Exchange of Virginia (AREVA) is a service offered by the department that connects families with children who are available for adoption within the Commonwealth of Virginia. AREVA is one tool used to help local departments reach the federal goal of permanency within 24 months specified in § 471 of the Title IV-E of the Social Security Act (42 USC § 671) and the requirement of § 16.1-283 F of the Code of Virginia to file reports to the court on progress towards adoption. The purpose of AREVA is to increase opportunities for children waiting to be adopted by providing services to child-placing agencies having custody of these children. The services provided by AREVA include:

1. Maintaining a registry of children awaiting adoption and a registry of approved parents waiting to adopt;

2. Preparing and posting an electronic photo-listing of children awaiting adoption and a photo-listing of parents awaiting placement of a child;

3. Providing information and referral services for children who have special needs to link child-placing agencies with other adoption resources;

4. Providing ongoing targeted and child-specific recruitment efforts for waiting children;

5. Providing consultation and technical assistance on child-specific recruitment to child-placing agencies for waiting children; and

6. Monitoring local departments' compliance with legal requirements, guidance, and policy on registering children and parents.

B. For a child in foster care who has the foster care plan goal of adoption as specified in § 63.2-906 of the Code of Virginia and whose parental rights have been terminated, the child-placing agency shall register the child with AREVA within 60 days of termination of parental rights.

C. Child-placing agencies shall comply with all of the AREVA requirements.

Statutory Authority

§§ 63.2-217, 63.2-319, and 63.2-900 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 2, eff. November 1, 2012; amended, Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 8, January 11, 2017.

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