Child Law Practice Today, 34 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services & U.S. Department of Justice (2015) Gives data on parents with disabilities in the United States and the risks they face relating to the child welfare system as well as information about the ADA. Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and the National Council on Disability (2016) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 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Just as with any parent, individuals with disabilities may need services and supports to help them be effective parents. Frederick (2014) University of Minnesota, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (2013) Parenting With a Disability: Know Your Rights Toolkit (PDF - 1,012 KB) Parenting With a Disability: Know Your Rights Toolkit (PDF - 1,012 KB) The following resources highlight some of the unique challenges and best practices of working toward reunification with a parent who has a disability. Protecting the Rights of Parents and Prospective Parents with Disabilities: Technical Assistance for State and Local Child Welfare Agencies and Courts under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act Discusses parenting while disabled, the increased likelihood of child welfare involvement, and ways to support parents with disabilities. Provides an overview of representing parents with disabilities, the legal barriers faced in family and dependency courts, and strategies and solutions to support parents in reunification and protecting their rights. This new interpretation states that the age of the child when he or she becomes disabled is irrelevant to the Act. Outlines Federal laws designed to protect and support parents with a disability as they navigate the child welfare system. Your Rights as a Person With a Disability in the Child Welfare System (PDF - 318 KB) Chiamulera (2015) Office for Civil Rights (2016) Find out what parents of children with disabilities can expect in this list of rights … ADA National Network (2018) Representing Parents With Disabilities: Best Practices Provides links to important information aimed to enhance the well-being of at-risk parents with learning difficulties and their children. Case workers should be aware of how reasonable accommodations requirements provided by both the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (for agencies receiving Federal funding) may affect the case. This fact is guaranteed in federal legislation that specifies the right of parents to participate in the educational decision-making process. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a law that ensures certain rights for children with disabilities and their families. Child welfare professionals should be equipped with the information and expertise necessary to ensure these parents can be safely reunified with their children. Parents With Disabilities in Child Welfare Agencies and Courts Provides information about serving parents with disabilities in child welfare systems, including an overview of the prevalence and population of parents with disabilities and mental illness in child welfare; practice strategies and policy recommendations for supporting parents with disabilities and mental illnesses; and innovative examples of collaboration and communication across systems. Discusses parenting while disabled, the increased likelihood of child welfare involvement, and ways to support parents with disabilities. Link to Child Welfare Information Gateway, Reunification With Parents Affected By Behavioral or Physical Health Issues. On January 14, 2013, the Department of Labor issued new guidance which expands the circumstances where parents can take FMLA leave to care for adult children with disabilities. The Association for Supported Parenting The article recommends additional resources on this topic. the parents of a child for whom a decision has been issued finding a severe or moderate degree of disability; the parents of a child who requires special support in … Provides a summary of disability laws that protect families' rights, along with information on adoption, custody, visitation, family law, and the child welfare system. Mothering While Disabled (PDF - 7,370 KB) The article recommends additional resources on this topic. Provides guidance for child welfare agencies working with parents with intellectual or physical disabilities. Rights and Responsibilities of Parents of Children With Disabilities Parents of children with disabilities have a vital role to play in the education of their children. The Intersection of Child Welfare and Disability: Focus on Parents (PDF - 1,413 KB) Parents have a certain role to play in the process of getting children the help they need.