Whether you are interested in adoption as an expectant mother or a prospective adoptive parent in Morgantown, West Virginia, the following page will help guide you through the adoption process.
Read on to learn more about local adoption and foster care agencies, home study professionals and other Morgantown adoption and foster care services. More information about adoption laws, processes and qualifications throughout the state is available on our Adoption in West Virginia page.
Morgantown Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals
Prospective birth mothers and adoptive families have many options when choosing an adoption professional to work, from national agencies to adoption attorneys.
If you prefer to work with a local or regional adoption agency, here are some of the adoption professionals serving the Morgantown area:
Morgantown Foster Care Resources
Every state has different laws, processes and qualifications for becoming a foster parent. In West Virginia, prospective foster parents must be at least 21 years old, be physically and mentally healthy, and complete a certification process, including a home study.
The following Morgantown foster agencies and resources can provide additional information about foster care and adoption in Morgantown:
Home Study Providers in Morgantown
The home study is an important part of the process to become a foster or adoptive parent in Morgantown. The West Virginia home study process evaluates prospective parents and ensures they are ready to adopt. Information about what to expect during the home study process is available on our West Virginia adoption page.
Your home study must be conducted by a legally qualified professional in your state. To begin the home study process, contact a provider in the Morgantown area:
- Opt to Adopt, LLC
Brenda Pizatella, ACSW is the founder of Opt to Adopt and provides services for international and domestic adoptions in the form of consultations, home study preparation and pre- and post-placement reports.
- Children’s Home Society of West Virginia
As a licensed child-placing agency in West Virginia, the Children’s Home Society provides assessment services including orientation and training and a complete home study.
Hospitals in Morgantown
If you are an expectant mother making an adoption plan, you will have the opportunity to plan your hospital stay as your due date approaches. You will decide how you want the labor and delivery to go and who you want to share the experience with.
Your adoption professional will work with you to plan your hospital stay and coordinate with your delivery hospital. Here are some Morgantown area hospitals that you may be working with:
- Ruby Memorial Hospital
1 Medical Center Drive
Morgantown, WV 26506
- Mon General Hospital
1200 JD Anderson Dr.
Morgantown, WV 26505
Adoption Laws and Qualifications
Adoption is a legal process, and couples and individuals considering adoption often have questions about adoption laws and qualifications in Morgantown. To adopt or place a child for adoption in Morgantown, you must follow all West Virginia adoption laws. Read on to learn more about adoption requirements for birth parents and adoptive families in West Virginia.
For Birth Parents
In order for an adoption to be legally recognized, the birth parents must sign legal paperwork relinquishing their parental rights after the child is born. Learn more about executing consent, birth father rights and more on our Adoption in West Virginia page.
For Adoptive Families
In West Virginia, adoptive parents must meet certain eligibility criteria and follow laws regulating adoption finalization, adoption expenses, use of advertisements and more. More information about these and other adoption and foster care laws in West Virginia is available here.
The final step in the legal adoption process is finalization. Your adoption attorney will guide you through the finalization process and ensure your adoption is completed in accordance with West Virginia adoption laws. Find more information about your local court and adoption finalization in Mongolia County.
Things to Do in Morgantown
Adoptive parents must remain in West Virginia for 7-10 days after placement if they are adopting out of state. While you wait for your ICPC paperwork to be processed, here are some attractions to visit in the Morgantown area: