April 2015Vol. 16, No. 3Resources for Prospective Parents With Disabilities
A new web section from AdoptUSKids focuses on the unique challenges faced by parents with disabilities pursuing adoption, as well as the strengths of these families. This section is designed for parents with disabilities considering adoption or foster parenting and the professionals who work with them. It features information on the challenges associated with fostering and adopting, the real-life story of a parent's journey adopting from foster care, and online resources and support for prospective parents. Additional resources for more information are included, such as links to the following:
- Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents With Disabilities and Their Children, a 2012 report issued by the National Council on Disabilities: http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2012/Sep272012/
- "Identifying Solutions: Carrie Ann Lucas' Story": http://adoptuskids.org/join-the-conversation/real-foster-care-and-adoption-stories/families/story?k=lucas-family
- Through the Looking Glass National Center for Parents With Disabilities, which offers consultations, trainings, and publications to parents, family members, and professionals: http://www.lookingglass.org/services/national-services/71-ncpd
To access this new web section, visit AdoptUSKids at http://adoptuskids.org/for-families/who-can-foster-and-adopt/resources-for-people-with-disabilities.
For more resources for parents with disabilities, visit Child Welfare Information Gateway's Services for Parents With Disabilities webpage at https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/service-array/services-to-children-and-youth-with-disabilities/youth/disabilities/.