WVC 49 - 2 - 1
§49-2-1. Care for children committed to the state department.
It shall be the responsibility of the state department to
provide care for neglected children who are committed to its care
for custody or guardianship. For purposes of this chapter, the
department of health and human resources is responsible for the
care of the infant child of an unmarried mother who has been
committed to the custody of the department while the infant is
placed in the same licensed child welfare agency as his or her
mother. The state department may provide care for such children in
family homes meeting required standards, at board or otherwise,
through a licensed child welfare agency, or in a state institution
providing care for dependent or neglected children. The department
in placing any child in the care of a family or a child welfare
agency shall select as far as practicable a family holding the same
religious belief as the parents or relatives of the child or a
child welfare agency conducted under religious auspices of the same
belief as the parents or relatives.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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