Legal Guidance

The Current Legislation section includes up-to-date information on current and pending state legislation that affects parents with disabilities and their children. This page also contains advice and resources for child welfare workers who work with parents with disabilities and their children.

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Summary of State Legislation Supporting Parents with Disabilities

This page provides a summary of current and pending state legislation affecting the rights of parents with disabilities. Some laws protect all parents with disabilities from discrimination in court proceedings, while others are specific to a population, like blind parents. 

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The Legal Obligations of Foster Care and Adoption Agencies when Working with Prospective Parents with Disabilities

Learn what adoption and foster-care agencies are supposed to do for parents with disabilities under federal law.

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Best Practices for Attorneys and Researchers on How to Safeguard the Rights of Parents with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Families

In this brief, attorneys can learn the best practices for supporting parents with intellectual disabilities in custody disputes and other situations in which their parental rights may be threatened.

Summary of Model Legislation to Prevent Discrimination Against Blind Parents

This sample legislation protecting blind parents from discrimination in family court and custody disputes can be used as a model for future state laws.

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The Legal Obligations of Child Welfare Agencies and Courts when Working with Parents and Prospective Parents with Disabilities

Find out what child welfare workers can do for parents with disabilities in this information sheet.

Representing Parents with Disabilities in Custody and Visitation Disputes: 10 Tips for Attorneys

Attorneys can use these 10 tips to help them represent parents with disabilities in visitation or custody disputes.

Representing Parents with Disabilities: 10 Tips for Attorneys

Learn 10 tips for attorneys representing parents with disabilities.



National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities