Online Resources
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources website contains more information on adoption in West Virginia, as well as a state photo listing of children awaiting adoption.
AdoptUsKids website features a national registry of children awaiting adoption.
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption website contains a wealth of information about adoption, as well as free adoption PR materials. The Dave Thomas Foundation also sponsors A Home for the Holidays program.                                                                                                             The mission of the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families is to inspire, inform, and support individuals and families caring for children touched by foster care and adoption.
The adoption tax credit is an effort of a national collaboration of organizations and individuals called the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group.
The Brookedale Foundation’s Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) encourages and promotes the creation or expansion of services for grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting.
The WV Bureau of Senior Services is a cabinet-level agency within state government and acts as the lead entity for programs serving older West Virginians. For more information, please visit helps you find public benefits near you.
Children’s Defense Fund
The web page for Extension Services
Grandparents for Children’s Rights
Grandfamilies of America

Legal Resources
The Lawyer Referral Service at the State Bar will refer you to a lawyer who will discuss your situation with you for up to one-half hour for no more than 25.00. Call 1-304-558-7991.
Legal Aid of West Virginia provides legal assistance.
The web page for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
WVU Clinical Law Program. Information about free services offered by third year law students at WVU.
American Bar Association Center on Children and Law. Contains a section on Child Welfare law tips.
Apply online for some benefits offered by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
AARP quickLINK is a complete a screening tool to learn what benefits you MAY be eligible for.