Parents with kids with disabilities

Parents with kids with disabilities

Stavros is reaching out to all about our consumers to contact your representatives and senators to protect the rights of parents with children with disabilities.

Ask your representatives and senators to vote for.H.1711/S.1083:
“An Act prohibiting discrimination against adults with disabilities in Family and Juvenile Court proceedings”.

The US Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services entered into a settlement agreement with Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) to address disability discrimination.

Below is a list of information as to why this bill should be adopted.

There are number of reasons:

Moms with disabilities are significantly more likely to stay in abusive relationships out of fear of losing their children.

Nearly one of 10 children in the U.S. is at risk of being removed from their home by a child welfare agency simply because their parent has a disability.

While 6.2% of parents in thousand the U.S. have a disability, 19% of children in foster care have a parent with a disability.


Stereotypes and biases about military service and mental health disabilities can deter veterans from seeking treatment and lead to errors in custody cases.


Parents with disabilities, especially psychiatric or intellectual disabilities, inappropriately lose custody or parenting time at alarming rates due to disability discrimination H.1711/S.1083 will require courts to determine if a parent’s disability causes actual harm to a child based on evidence, not assumptions.

It will require an explanation in writing that’s why the parent with a disabling condition is a negative factor in custody and parenting time decisions.

Assess if the harm can be avoided with adaptive equipment or supportive services for the parent.

For more information or to co-sponsor:

Johanna Wakelin/Sen. Lovely’s office (Johanna.Wakelin@masenate.gov)
Caitlin Rougeau/Rep. Khan’s office (Caitlin.Rougeau@mahouse.gov)
Kate Nemens/Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
(knemens@mhlac.org); 857-301-7949

 

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