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Services for Parents With Disabilities
Parents with disabilities face many challenges and can benefit from support and assistance. This page highlights relevant policy and social issues affecting disabled parents as well as the availability of needed treatment and services.
National Council on Disability
Includes a list of resources, policy areas, and news stories to assist individuals seeking services at State or local levels.
Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents With Disabilities and Their Children
National Council on Disability (2012)
Advances understanding and promotes the rights of parents with disabilities and their children. The report provides a comprehensive review of the barriers and facilitators experienced by people with diverse disabilities and recommends actions to ensure their rights.
The Adoption Experience: A Guide for Prospective Parents With Disabilities and Their Advocates
Provides information on what parents with disabilities need to know and do to protect their right to adopt.
Guide for Creating Legislative Change: Disability in the Termination of Parental Rights and Other Child Custody Statutes (PDF - 2038 KB)
Lightfoot, LaLiberte, & Hill (2007)
Illustrates key principles for protecting parents with disabilities, model statutory language and accompanying definitions, a legislative change strategy, practice suggestions for modifying services and providing parental accommodations, frequently asked questions and answers, and resources.
Managing Child Protection Cases Involving People With Disabilities
University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
Presents preliminary findings from a recent study of the management of child protection cases involving individuals with disabilities in Minnesota.
No Chance to Prove Themselves: The Rights of Mentally Disabled Parents under the Americans With Disabilities Act and State Law (PDF - 484 KB)
St. John's University (2007)
Explores the relationship between State child welfare laws that terminate parental rights and the Federal Americans With Disabilities Act.
Representing Parents with Disabilities in Child Protection Proceedings (PDF - 953 KB)
Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal, 13(1), 2009
Offers an overview of the particular challenges faced by parents with disabilities in child welfare matters.
Through the Looking Glass
Provides information, training, and consultation to parents with disabilities, family members, and professionals nationally and internationally.
Supporting Disabled Parents and Parents With Additional Support Needs (PDF - 1239 KB)
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Adults' Services Knowledge Review, 2006
Summarizes key issues arising from an analysis of the policy and practice framework for providing services to disabled parents.
Termination of Parental Rights
University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (2009)
Explains the discrimination faced by parents with disabilities and the inclusion of parental disability as grounds for termination of parental rights in State legislation.