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Foster Care in West Virginia

Abuse & Neglect, Foster Care, Parental Rights (& Termination)

Last updated on 06/10/2021 at 1:22 pm

Overview

When is foster care appropriate?

Who are foster parents?

What steps will I have to take to become a certified foster parent?

Eligibility

What makes me eligible to be a foster parent?

How will my health be considered for eligibility?

If I have a disability will I be denied from becoming a foster parent?

How will my financial/employment status be considered for eligibility?

How will my background be considered for eligibility?

Whose consent do I need to become a foster parent?

REGISTRATION AND APPLICATION PROCESS

How do I register as a foster parent?

What will I be asked to provide in my application?

Training

What is PRIDE training?

If I attend any of the PRIDE sessions am I obligating myself to accept a child?

How are the PRIDE sessions conducted and how much time do I have to commit?

Will I ever have to re-do the training?

In addition to being PRIDE certified, will I have to complete any other training?

Will I have to make arrangements to care for my foster child during training?

Home Study

What is a home study?

How will my home be inspected?

How much space in my house will I need to raise a foster child?

What must I provide in terms of a bedroom?

DENIAL RIGHTS

What rights do I have if I am denied from becoming a foster parent?

SUBSIDIES AND ASSISTANCE

What subsidies will I be eligible for when I become a foster parent?

PLACEMENT OF FOSTER CHILDREN

How long will the child be placed with me?

Can I get permanent custody of the child?

What restrictions can I put in?

Resources

Where can I learn more?