No visitation rights for grandmother after adoption

A woman wasn’t entitled to visitation with her grandson after he was adopted by non-relatives, the West Virginia Supreme Court ruled recently.

The boy’s biological parents had their parental rights terminated due to abuse and neglect. The boy was placed with the grandmother for a short period, but then moved to a foster home. The grandmother continued to visit the boy regularly after he was placed with the foster parents, but the foster parents asked the court to cut off her visitation rights once they formally adopted the child.

The grandmother argued that she should still be able to visit the boy if doing so was in his “best interests.”

But the court said that under the state’s visitation law, parents have an absolute right to end grandparent visitation once a child has been adopted outside the family.