2 results for month: 05/2017


Heroux seeks custody rights for disabled parents

ATTLEBORO — State Rep. Paul Heroux contends disabled parents are sometimes discriminated against when it comes to child custody rights and he wants to do something about it. He said sometimes the judges consciously or even subconsciously assume disabled parents cannot care adequately for children by themselves. Heroux, D-Attleboro, has filed a bill that prohibits disabilities from being used as a “negative factor” in determining awarding custody and visitation rights. In cases where custody is denied, the bill would require judges to give a written reasons of how custody would have harmed the children. The bill was a subject of ...

Judge says state needs to do more to help parents with disabilities in child welfare cases

By JENNIFER GUERRA • MAY 10, 2017 The Michigan Supreme Court this week handed a big win to parents with disabilities in child welfare cases. If the state removes a child from her home and puts her in foster care, generally the goal is to reunite the child and parent as soon as possible. The parent is given services and a plan with specific goals they have to meet before reunification, and if those goals aren't met, their parental rights can be terminated. Historically the burden fell to the parent’s attorney to raise the issue of intellectual disability and get the plan modified, but the recent In re Hicks/Brown ruling places that burden ...