Foster Parents Have Right to be Heard at Permanency Hearing

Vol 30 No 4

Kristopher v. Mazzone, 2011 WL 508415 (W. Va.).


Foster parents who had cared for child for 22 months and had expressed desire to adopt should have been given an opportunity to attend and participate in child’s permanency hearing. Although West Virginia law gives preference to blood relatives in adoption decisions, that preference does not override the need to consider the child’s best interests and weigh relevant factors, such as the emotional bond between the child and foster parents and the duration of their relationship.

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