Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions - West Virginia

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Jurisdiction

Citation: Ann. Code § 48-22-201

The circuit court has jurisdiction over adoption proceedings.

Venue

Citation: Ann. Code § 48-22-201

The petition may be filed in the county in which the petitioner resides. If the minor child to be adopted has been removed from a prior home due to an abuse or neglect proceeding, the petition may be filed in the same county as the original abuse and neglect proceeding regarding the minor child.