West Virginia Judiciary

Child Abuse and Neglect Resources

Court Projects to Protect Children

The Time is Now

The Time is Now Video CoverThe child abuse and neglect court process can be overwhelming for parents. The Time is Now video takes parents through the process under Chapter 49 of the W.Va. Code. It explains how the court system and professionals involved make reasonable efforts to work with parents and reunite families. It emphasizes that time is of the essence, and parents’ rights may be terminated if in their children’s best interests.
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Abuse and Neglect Judicial Benchbook for 2015

West Virginia Judicial Benchbook for Abuse and Neglect Proceedings 2015 (for Windows)
This version will take you through a wizard, which will instruct you on how to download the Benchbook, which you can then put anywhere (e.g., Applications, Documents, etc.). For easy access, create an alias/shortcut of the Benchbook and drag it to your desktop or dock.

West Virginia Judicial Benchbook for Abuse and Neglect Proceedings 2015 (for Macs)


Drug Screening in West Virginia Courts - A guide for anyone undergoing drug screening in West Virginia Courts.

2014 CIP Catalog of In-State Group Placement Services

Guardians ad litem who have completed training for Child Abuse & Neglect Proceedings (by county)

APPROVAL OF AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT PROCEEDINGS, THE GUIDELINES FOR CHILDREN'S GUARDIANS AD LITEM IN CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT PROCEEDINGS, AND THE REQUIRED FORM GUARDIAN AD LITEM REPORT By order entered April 24, 2014, relating to the Rules of Procedure for Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, the Guidelines for Guardians Ad Litem in Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, and a required form Guardian Ad Litem Report.

Abuse and Neglect Case Plans:
External Links of Interest