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Are you looking to expand your family through adoption? At the law offices of G. Todd Houck, we understand that the process may be confusing. Having the expertise of an experienced family law attorney can make all the difference when it comes to adopting. With the compassion and personal interest you’d expect from a small-town attorney and the tenacity and experience you’d expect from a big-city lawyer, Todd Houck can provide you with the legal services you need to help make your adoption case a successful one. Contact us today for a free consultation!
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ADOPTION LAWS IN WEST VIRGINIA
Many people who are looking to adopt in West Virginia have questions about the laws and process of adoption. Some questions require the personal legal expertise of an attorney, but some frequently asked questions about adoption include:
Do you have to be married to adopt? – No
Can LGBTQ+ families adopt? – Yes; for joint adoption
Can out-of-state residents adopt in West Virginia? – No
Can you advertise for birth parents? – Yes
Is there a putative father registry in West Virginia? – No
Are adoptive parents subject to expenses? – Yes
Can adoptive parents use a third party to facilitate the adoption? – Yes; a state or licensed child-placing agency
How long does it take for consent to adopt to be granted? – 72 hours
Is consent irrevocable? – Yes; except in cases of fraud or duress
If consent is revoked, what happens to the child? – The child may be returned to the birth parent(s)
Can post-adoption contact agreements be legally enforced? – Yes; agreement must have had court-approval
Are foreign adoption decrees automatically recognized by West Virginia? – Yes; as long as the child has immigrated legally
Are adoption from foster care subsidies distributed by the state? – Yes
Is there information available about adoptions from foster care in West Virginia? – Yes: Health & Human Resources’ Bureau for Children and Families