West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Supreme Court to Hold Adoption Month Press Conference

11/18/2009 CHARLESTON, W.Va.   For the second year, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia is hosting a press conference during National Adoption Month to promote awareness of the thousands of children in foster care in the state and nation who are eligible for adoption.

Supreme Court Administrative Director Steven D. Canterbury will open the press conference, which will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2009, in the Supreme Court Chamber. Speakers will include Chief Justice Brent D. Benjamin, Justice Robin Jean Davis, Justice Margaret L. Workman, and adoptive parents Nate and Sue Emch.

The Charleston couple has adopted two sets of sisters, ages 3 and 6, and 6 and 9. They also have a biological daughter and a foster daughter, for a total of six children.

Mr. Emch is modest about his status as an adoptive parent.  I don t have a special title. We re not perfect,  he said.

Their oldest adopted daughter, Savannah, will speak at the press conference, and all the children will attend.

More than 4,000 children are in foster care due to child abuse, neglect, or abandonment in West Virginia. Of those, 1,000 are eligible for adoption. Despite efforts by the court system and West Virginia Bureau for Children and Families to find safe, permanent homes for these children, they are waiting for the day that they have a home of their own. The average of age of waiting children is 8 years old.

The Court encourages West Virginians to consider adopting a waiting child.

Prospective adoptive parents do not have to be wealthy, married, home owners, or of a certain race or age.

More information about adopting a child in foster care is available at http://www.missionwv.org/frameworks/Families.html or http://www.wvdhhr.org/oss/adoption/.

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