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 2016

West Virginia Judicial Benchbook for Abuse and Neglect Proceedings 2016 (17.5MB)
This version can be opened in the browser window (single left click) with limited functionality. However, following the directions below will provide the best user experience.

Directions to Download and Save Benchbook to your Computer:

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  3. Save the Benchbook to your computer, then open in Adobe Reader.

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

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