Legal aspects of parenthood for mentally retarded persons.

Author: Czukar, G.
Year: 1983
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Canadian Journal of Community Mental Hadicap
Volume: 2
Pages: 57-69
Abstract: Many mentally retarded people want to marry and have children. However, unsupported assumptions about their fitness for parenthood, and prejudicial attitudes, have caused them to be denied these activities. Research shows that some retarded persons make good parents, particularly with the aid of parent training courses and early stimulation programs for their children. Unfortunately, these supports are not widely available. Equal treatment of mentally handicapped parents under child protection laws will require reforms in law and in practices of children's services agencies. Recommendations are made to ensure that the option of keeping the family together is fully considered.

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