From the WCHS-TV story...

...Bob Noone is one of West Virginia's leading adoption attorneys. He handles between 250 and 300 adoptions statewide every year.

Noone said the while the system is rife with staffing shortages, less than committed social workers and high turnover rates, he has hope it can improve. The lawyer said simply by observing and following the rules and deadlines already set down by the West Virginia Supreme Court and the DHHR itself, the situation would improve immediately.

"My advice would be that the Supreme Court already has time standards, we’ve just got to follow them," Noone said. "And judges that tell the prosecution and guardian ad litems I want this order done then, or even defense attorneys for parents. There’s a standard within how many days you need to be able to rock ‘n roll on that adjudicatory hearing and we need to do that"...

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