Child Welfare and Disabilities
Learn more about resources on child welfare and parents and children with disabilities.
The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) has participated with other organizations to provide information and training about child welfare and disabilities. Links to some of the projects can be found below.
In conjunction with CASCW's conference on Promoting Placement Stability, Nancy Rosenau, Executive Director of EveryChild Inc., gave a guest lecture on the topic of children with disabilities in the child welfare system. View Rosenau's lecture. Rosenau describes the work being done in Texas to address the needs of children with disabilities who also receive child welfare services. Learn more about EveryChild Inc. at their Web site, http://www.everychildtexas.org/.
The College of Direct Support (CDS) is a comprehensive internet-based training system built upon a nationally validated set of competencies for working with individuals with disabilities. The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare is currently facilitating training for child welfare professionals, using CDS, and using the opportunity to better understand the training needs of child welfare professionals as they relate to working with children and parents with disabilities. We encourage you to explore this webpage to learn more about disability training in child welfare, the pilot training project, and the CDS curriculum.
The Disability and Parental Rights Legislative Change Project was initiated at the University of Minnesota as a collaborative project in the College of Education and Human Development between the School of Social Work and the Institute on Community Integration. The collaboration developed following the identification of discriminatory legislation within child custody and terminaton of parental rights statutes. The goal of the project is to assist interested groups in removing disability from these statutes to eliminate discrimination, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the safety, permanency and well-being of children.