“Feds Clarify Rights Of Parents With Disabilities” – Disability Scoop

Erika Johnson, center, and Blake Sinnett, right, of Kansas City, Missouri, both of whom are legally blind, welcomed home their two-month-old baby, Mikaela Sinnett, July 20, 2010, after having Mikaela taken away from them by a protective custody ruling because both parents are blind. After challenging the ruling of protective custody, Mikaela was returned to her parents after 57 days in foster care. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT)

Erika Johnson, center, and Blake Sinnett, right, of Kansas City, Missouri, both of whom are legally blind, welcomed home their two-month-old baby, Mikaela Sinnett, July 20, 2010, after having Mikaela taken away from them by a protective custody ruling because both parents are blind. After challenging the ruling of protective custody, Mikaela was returned to her parents after 57 days in foster care. (David Eulitt/Kansas City Star/MCT)

“The Obama administration is warning state and local officials not to discriminate against people with disabilities who have children or would like to.

“Technical assistance issued jointly this month from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services clarifies that children should not be taken from their moms or dads simply because a parent has a disability. Similarly, federal officials said that people with disabilities should not face added barriers to becoming foster or adoptive parents due solely to their special needs.

“The move comes in response to an increasing number of discrimination complaints that the federal agencies say they’ve received from people with disabilities.”

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