Representative Robert Nardolillo III. Submits Legislation Aimed At Protecting Families with a Disabled Parent
STATE HOUSE -- Representative Robert Nardolillo (R-District 28 Coventry) has submitted legislation on the floor of the House of Representatives, which would protect parents with disabilities.
The “State Affairs and Government” Act (H-5395) would preclude the disability of a parent from serving as a basis for denial or restriction in matters involving a child’s welfare, foster care, family law, guardianship and adoption without written findings by the family court.
“I hope this bill protects and preserves the parental rights of those who are among the most vulnerable in our society, disabled parents,” said Rep. Nardolillo. "Often, the perception is that a person with a disability lacks the ability to be a parent, foster parent, or adoptive parent.
A disability is not, nor should it ever be, a factor as to whether or not a person can be a good parent. Not only is this perception inaccurate, it's completely insensitive.”
Representative Nardolillo added, “I believe there have been too many cases where children have been denied the opportunity to enjoy the experience of living in a loving home with a parent with a disability, simply because that parent was discriminated against. I feel strongly that a parent’s disability should not be a reason for denial or restriction of visitation, or custody in court battles. I also feel that a prospective parent’s disability should not serve as a basis for denial of participation in a public or private adoption or foster care.”
For more information, contact:
Raina C. Smith, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903