WVC 48 - 22 - 501
PART 5. PETITION FOR ADOPTION.
§48-22-501. Filing of petition for adoption.
The petition for adoption may be filed at any time after the
child who is the subject of the adoption is born, the adoptive
placement determined and all consents or relinquishments that can
be obtained have been executed. The hearing on the petition may be
held no sooner than forty-five days after the filing of the
petition and only after the child has lived with the adoptive
parent or parents for a period of six months, proper notice of the
petition has been given and all necessary consents or
relinquishments have been executed and submitted or the rights of
all nonconsenting birth parents have otherwise been terminated.