Assistance for Parents with Disabilities

From Disability Rights Washington

We are pleased to announce that Disability Rights Washington (DRW) has recently made a new priority to help parents with disabilities. As the “protection and advocacy system” for individuals with disabilities in our state, federal law requires DRW to set advocacy priorities through a public comment process. See 42 U.S.C. § 15043(2)(D). Earlier last year, DRW’s board decided to add a priority regarding parental rights based on public comment and consideration of the following national developments:

You can read DRW’s full statement of this priority.

If you are a parent with a disability, or you are supporting or representing a parent with a disability, please note that DRW provides free technical assistance as well as other advocacy services. If you have questions about your rights, or the rights of someone you are assisting, we would be happy to provide you with information about what DOJ and HHS have said about the rights of parents with disabilities, and discuss some advocacy options for you to consider.

We are interested in hearing about the experiences of parents with a disability, particularly if you believe you have encountered any of the following problems:

  • You are afraid that you could lose custody of your child, or you have lost custody, because Child Protective Services (CPS) believes you cannot safely parent due to your disability;
  • You have been or will be assessed by a parenting evaluator;
  • You need support services or training to gain or practice parenting skills; or
  • You are afraid your parental rights are going to be terminated because CPS believes you cannot learn to safely parent due to your disability.

If you are a parent who has a CPS case and an attorney representing you, please ask your attorney to contact DRW to discuss whether DRW may talk with you about your experience. We will not be able to discuss your case with you without your attorney’s permission.

We can be reached at 206-324-1521 or 1-800-562-2702.

Sincerely,
Susan Kas
Associate Director of Legal Advocacy

DRW Priority Outreach Letter (PDF)



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