WVC 48 - 22 - 801
PART 8. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
§48-22-801. Adoption of adults.
Any adult person who is a resident of West Virginia may
petition the circuit court or any other court of record having
jurisdiction of adoption proceedings for permission to adopt one
who has reached the age of eighteen years or over, and, if desired,
to change the name of such person. The consent of the person to be
adopted shall be the only consent necessary. The order of adoption
shall create the same relationship between the adopting parent or
parents and the person adopted and the same rights of inheritance
as in the case of an adopted minor child. If a change in name is
desired, the adoption order shall so state.