Policy Advocacy Brief
Issue Statement/Executive Summary
Parents with disabilities are disproportionately involved in the child welfare system. This is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as the basic human rights of dignity and autonomy. Assessment tools and data collection systems currently utilized by the system fuel discrimination and provide inconsistent reporting. Minnesota needs to implement child welfare practices that center the goals of the parent, fully utilize informal and formal community supports, and make creative accommodations to reduce the number of children removed from their parents on the basis of ability. A lack of existing data indicates that more research is needed, particularly regarding the extent to which parents with disabilities who are also racial minorities are affected by the child welfare system.
Heille, G., McNulty, B., Schisel, J., Yang, B., & Zappitello, L. (2022). Parent-centered planning: One approach to ending ableism in the child welfare system. MSW Program Policy Advocacy Briefs, Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/msw-student-policy-advocacy-briefs/43