WV - DHHR - BCF - Adoption

WVDHHR Site Map -

West Virginia's Waiting Children Useful Adoption Links Frequently Asked Questions Appropriate Adoption Language Adopt A West Virginia Child Home Page West Virginia Adoption Banner

How Do I?

Learn About Upcoming Events

Register with West Virginia

Express Interest in a Specific Child

Update My Registration Info

Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent

View Adoption Policy

Contact the Bureau For Children and Families

West Virginia Mutual Consent Registry

The Adoption Process

If you have an approved adoptive home study, please register with us. Upon completing your registration you will be able to express any interest you may have in a specific child.

If you do not live in West Virginia and do not have a completed adoptive home study, you should visit the National Adoption Center.

The Adoption Process for West Virginia Residents

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WVDHHR) provides home studies for those families who plan to adopt a child who is in Foster Care in West Virginia. Those who are planning to adopt privately or internationally must contract with a private adoption agency to obtain a home study.

If you do not yet have an approved adoptive home study and you live in West Virginia:

  1. Complete and submit the Foster/Adoptive Parent Inquiry Form


  1. Contact your local county Department of Health and Human Resource office and let them know you are interested in, and want more information about, becoming an adoptive parent.

  • Potential adoptive parents must attend a pre-service orientation. This training discusses the responsibilities and details of becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

  • A family assessment (home study) of the interested parents is then done. A social worker will interview everyone in the household. References are contacted and medical reports are reviewed. A criminal investigation background check is performed on all adults in the home. A social worker also discusses what type of child the parents could best provide care for. All information gathered during the assessment is kept confidential.

  • After the family assessment and training are completed, the family is notified whether their home was approved for adoptive children.

General Adoption Information

West Virginia Children

Adoption Language

The Adoption Process

Register with US

Frequently Asked Questions

Useful Links



WVDHHR Privacy Statement
© Copyright 2003, WVDHHR
An Official State of West Virginia website
Contact Webmaster