Parents with cognitive disabilities are over-represented in the child protection system. However, this system is not well prepared for working with them. Biases against their parenting, the need for accommodations, staff training, and cross systems barriers must be addressed. This article argues for changes to ensure parents are more effectively served and that staff and contract providers are better equipped. Specific changes are discussed in assessment and intervention practices. They will require human capacity building and organizational restructuring. Although behavioral approaches will be emphasized, recent research suggests cognitive behavioral cognitive approaches must also be integrated into a blueprint for change.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science