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Infant Guardianship

Abuse & Neglect, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Parental Rights (& Termination)

Last updated on 12/19/2023 at 7:05 pm

Introduction to infant guardianships

What is infant guardianship under West Virginia law?

What is the difference between infant guardianship and adoption?

Do I have to be related to the child to be a guardian?

Is there more than one kind of guardian in West Virginia?

Who can become a guardian?

How do I become a guardian?

When will the court appoint a guardian for the child?

What is abandonment?

Does the child’s parent have to agree to a guardianship?

Are infant guardianships permanent?

Does a guardianship mean that the child’s parents lose their rights?

Do I have to be a foster parent to get infant guardianship?

Can a parent have a guardianship removed?

Can I receive financial benefits to help take care of the child?

Can I represent myself in an infant guardianship case?