Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children

"According to a 2012 report from the National Council on Disability, in custody cases, "removal rates where parents have a psychiatric disability have been found to be as high as

  • 70 percent to 80 percent; where the parent has an intellectual disability, 
  • 40 percent to 80 percent in families where the parental disability is physical, 
  • 13 percent have reported discriminatory treatment in custody cases.
Parents who are deaf or blind report extremely high rates of child removal and loss of parental rights.

 Parents with disabilities are more likely to lose custody of their children after divorce, have more difficulty in accessing reproductive health care, and face significant barriers to adopting children."

Link to "Rocking the Cradle": http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2012/Sep272012/


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Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children (PDF)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

The goal of this report is to advance understanding and promote the rights of parents with disabilities and their children. The report provides a comprehensive review of the barriers and facilitators people with diverse disabilities—including intellectual and developmental, psychiatric, sensory, and physical disabilities—experience when exercising their fundamental right to create and maintain families, as well as persistent, systemic, and pervasive discrimination against parents with disabilities. The report analyzes how U.S. disability law and policy apply to parents with disabilities in the child welfare and family law systems, and the disparate treatment of parents with disabilities and their children. Examination of the impediments prospective parents with disabilities encounter when accessing assisted reproductive technologies or adopting provides further examples of the need for comprehensive protection of these rights.

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