State ex rel. Amy M. v. Kaufman
In State ex rel. Amy M. v. Kaufman, 196 W. Va. 251, 470 S.E.2d 205 (1996), the Court explained its position of improvements periods, as follows:
"The goal of an improvement period is to facilitate the reunification of families whenever that reunification is in the best interests of the children involved." Id. at 258, 470 S.E.2d at 212.
The Court recognized that "both the statute and our case law grant trial courts considerable flexibility in developing meaningful improvement periods designed to address the myriad possible problems causing abuse and neglect." Id. at 258, 470 S.E.2d at 212.