(June 11, 2014) Congressional Briefing on Adoption Policy and Practice for Parents with Disabilities
Congressional Briefing on Adoption Policy and Practice
Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with
Disabilities and Their Children
Wednesday, June 11
10:00 – 11:30 AM
106 Dirksen Senate Office Building
CART and ASL interpreter provided*
Estimates indicate that 6.1 million children in the U.S. have parents with disabilities – nearly 1 in 10 – however, 24 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, research shows that prospective parents with disabilities encounter significant barriers to becoming adoptive or foster parents. Despite the growing need for foster and adoptive parents, prospective parents with disabilities remain an untapped resource. A recent report by the National Council on Disability (NCD) titled Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children showed that the foster care and adoption systems are riddled with discriminatory practices that forestall prospective parents with disabilities the opportunity to open their hearts and homes to children who desperately need them. Please join us for a robust discussion on the topic of barriers to adoption for people with disabilities by leading experts in related fields.
This policy briefing is co-hosted by the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, National Council on Disability, Child Welfare League of America, National Association of Social Workers, and the American Psychological Association.
- Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), invited
- David Brodzinsky, Ph.D, Research Director, Donaldson Adoption Institute (NYC); Professor Emeritus, Clinical and Developmental Psychology, Rutgers University
- Colleen Gioffreda, National Adoption Coordinator, Little People of America
- Traci LaLiberte, Ph.D, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota
- Robyn Powell, Attorney Advisor, National Council on Disability; lead author, Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children
- Linda Spears, Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs, Child Welfare League of America
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