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File #: 200269    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/12/2020 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/12/2020
Title: Authorizing the Committee on People with Disabilities and Special needs to hold public hearings regarding the parental rights of parents with disabilities.
Sponsors: Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Jones
Indexes: DISABILITY
Attachments: 1. Signature20026900
Title
Authorizing the Committee on People with Disabilities and Special needs to hold public hearings regarding the parental rights of parents with disabilities.
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WHEREAS, The month of March has been celebrated nationwide since 1987 as National Developmental Disability Awareness Month; and

WHEREAS, Individuals with disabilities face certain preconceived biases and discriminatory perceptions regarding their ability to successfully parent their children in family and dependency law proceedings where custody and visitation are at stake and in public and private adoption, guardianship, and foster care proceedings; and

WHEREAS, Children of parents with disabilities are often unfairly and unnecessarily removed from their parents' care or restricted from enjoying any significant meaningful time with their parents as a result of these preconceived biases and discriminatory attitudes; and
WHEREAS, For example, the National Federation of the Blind estimates that as many as one in four households in which the parents are blind have been visited and/or are monitored by employees of a child protection services agency; and
WHEREAS, Disabilities in themselves do not preclude an individual's ability to competently parent a child, as parents with disabilities have demonstrated that they have developed and adopted alternative methods and life skills by which they successfully parent; and
WHEREAS, Legislation has already been enacted across the nation in 10 individual states (specifically, Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah) establishing protections and strengthening the parental rights of individuals with disabilities; and
WHEREAS, There is currently a lack of clarity about the treatment parents with disabilities receive from Philadelphia agencies and court systems; and

WHEREAS, It is imperative that Philadelphia protect its most vulnerable residents; now, therefore...

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