Adoption and the Americans with Disabilities ActBy:
Developed by the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute and published by CWLA.
Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, adoption agencies have been on notice that they must exercise caution when using disability-related criteria in the selection of adoptive parents. Part I of this book reviews the nondiscrimination mandates of the ADA, discusses who it protects, outlines sanctions for violations, and describes relevant case law. Part II addresses the extent to which ADA protects individuals with drug addictions, who are HIV-positive, and who have psychiatric disorders. Part III provides case examples in which the ADA may apply and identifies considerations agencies might take into account in making decisions about prospective parents based on disability-related concerns.
CWLA Stock Number: 9101
Publication Date: 2000