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

This session provides social workers and providers an overview on supporting parents with disabilities. First, we will briefly discuss the historical and modern treatment of parents with disabilities in the US, including eugenics laws, laws allowing termination of parental rights based on parental disability, lack of services supporting parents with disabilities, and the overrepresentation of parents with disabilities in the child protection system. Next, we will discuss new models for working with parents with disabilities, including parent training, parent centered planning, peer navigator programs, and parent support programs. Finally, we will provide tan overview of best practices in supporting parents with disabilities and resources for further information. This session will draw on the growing international research and advocacy efforts related to supporting parents with disabilities.

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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