If you want to adopt a child in West Virginia, you generally have two options. You can adopt through a private agency or you can go through the foster system. When you have concerns about the financial aspects of adopting, it is almost always better to adopt through the foster system as the costs are typically lower than a private agency adoption. Plus, the kids in the foster system are no different than those from an agency.

To adopt from the foster system, the Department of Health & Human Resources explains that you need to meet certain requirements to ensure that you can offer a safe and supportive home for a child. The first step in the process is registering to become an adoptive parent. You can do this online or by phone.

After registering, you will need to complete a home study. A home study involves a caseworker assessing your family. At this point, you and every adult living in your home will undergo a complete background check. This includes checking criminal records. The caseworker will also talk with you about your expectations and ask you questions to figure out the best child to place with your family.

You also must complete a pre-service orientation where you will learn about the adoption process and expectations. You will also find out your responsibilities and what beings an adoptive parent involves.

Once you complete these steps, all the information goes through a review and final check. You will then get a notification if you are approved as an adoptive family. This information is for education and is not legal advice.