In the state of West Virginia, foster parents are often kinship caregivers. Grandparents or aunts and uncles are common examples. West Virginia defines a kinship caregiver as one who is related to the child by blood or marriage and/or one who the child considers to be a relative. Sometimes the DHHR may place a child with a kinship caregiver temporarily without the kinship placement becoming a certified foster parent. If an abuse and neglect case is filed in Circuit Court, the kinship caregiver should consider becoming certified as a foster parent. Also, if you hope to obtain placement for a child, you should begin the certification process to become a foster parent.
Foster parents are also people who have no blood or kin relation to the child , and may not have a relationship to the child prior to choosing to become foster parents.
West Virginia needs foster parents. Close to 6,000 children are currently in the foster system in large part due to the opioid crisis.