In a new report titled "Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children" by the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency, parents with disabilities continue to face bias and difficulties in retaining and often gaining custody of their very own children. The report states that this outcome is completely contrary to the intent of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the strides that such an Act has made in the years since implementation.
The result of one father's 6-year custody battle is a bill introduced by one of the members of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys that would allow an adoption of a child without the father's consent. What many people don't know is that Missouri law requires an unmarried father to declare paternity of a child within 15 days of that child's birth. But what about fathers who are not informed of a partners pregnancy or their pending fatherhood in a timely manner?