WVC 48 - 23 - 101
PART 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS.
§48-23-101. Policy regarding persons obtaining identifying
information after adoption.
(a) Adoption is based upon the legal termination of parental
rights and responsibilities of birth parents and the creation of
the legal relationship of parent and child between an adoptee and
his or her adoptive parents. These legal and social premises
underlying adoption must be maintained. The Legislature recognizes
that some adults who were adopted as children have a strong desire
to obtain identifying information about their birth parents while
other such adult adoptees have no such desire. The Legislature
further recognizes that some birth parents have a strong desire to
obtain identifying information about their biological children who
were surrendered for adoption, while other birth parents have no
(b) The Legislature fully recognizes the right to privacy and
(1) Birth parents whose children were adopted;
(2) The adoptees; and
(3) The adoptive parents.