Working with Parents with Disabilities: An Overview for Social Workers and Social Service Providers June 4, 2024 at 8:00 am

There has been growing global attention to parents with disabilities, with the recognition that parents with all sorts of disabilities regularly have and raise children. In the last several decades, researchers have studied a variety of issues related to parenting with a disability, including the overall prevalence of parents with disabilities (Man et al., 2017), parental support needs of parents with disabilities (Tarleton & Ward, 2007), parenting training programs geared towards parents with disabilities (Coren et al., 2011), services and supports for parents (West & Dibble, 2022), outcomes of children of parents with disabilities (Collings & Llewellyn, 2012), maternal and obstetric health for people with disabilities (Parish et al., 2015), and the overall experiences of parenting with disability (Moghadam 2017). The lead presenter of this session completed the original research that led to the National Council on Disability’s “Rocking the Cradle” report which highlighted the needs of parents with disabilities in the US (Lightfoot el al, 2010), as well as studies on parental support for parents with disabilities (e.g. Lightfoot & LaLiberte, 2010; Lightfoot et al 2018), and the intersections of parents with disabilities in the child protection system (e.g. Lightfoot & DeZelar, 2016, DeZelar & Lightfoot, 2020).

Key Learning Outcomes

1) Attendees will understand the current and historical context related to parenting with a disability in the United States, including eugenics laws, state laws that have parental disability as a grounds for termination of parental rights, and the current overrepresentation of parents with disabilities in the child protection system.

2) Attendees will be familiar with a variety of new models for working with parents with disabilities, including parent training, parent centered planning, and peer navigator models.

3) Attendees will be familiar with best practices for social workers and social service providers in supporting parents with disabilities.

Speaker(s)

Lightfoot, Hollie
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