Press Release: SENATOR FAVOLA ADDRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO DISABLED ADULT CHILDREN
Richmond, VA – Senator Barbara Favola (D- Arlington) spoke at a signing ceremony for Conner’s Law, a bill that allows the court to order child support payments for adult children with severe disabilities. The child support remains contingent on certain eligibility factors, including the requirement that the child live in the home of the parent seeking support and be unable to live independently. Sen. Favola was chief co-patron of the bill.
Statement of Senator Favola: “I was proud to co-patron this important piece of legislation because it gives adult disabled children a better quality of life and provides a stronger support system for their families. I thank Governor McAuliffe for signing Conner’s Law and helping vulnerable populations obtain crucial benefits.”
Current Virginia law limits child support to children under eighteen, despite the fact that parents of disabled children often continue to support their adult children far beyond that age. Disabled individuals also face greater obstacles to obtaining employment and independent living. SB 923, patroned by Sen. Wexton (D-Leesburg), passed both the Virginia Senate and House unanimously.
Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees.