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12/13/2021 Rep. Cortvriend honored for legislation protecting families with disabled parents
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Terri Cortvriend has been named 2021 Legislative Champion by the Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families for her sponsorship of the Preservation of Families with Disabled Parents Act, which became law this year.

The new law (2021-S 00562021-H 5394) protects children who have parents with disabilities by establishing procedural safeguards that require adherence to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Specifically, it precludes 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. 

“This law protects children and the rights of the parents to parent.  After much work by the sponsors and advocates with the Rhode Island Family Court and Department of Children, Youth, and Families, we are so pleased this legislation has successfully become law and to have the opportunity to recognize the sponsors,” said RICCF Executive Director Tanja Kubas-Meyer.

The award was presented to Representative Cortvriend (D-Dist. 72, Portsmouth, Middletown) virtually Dec. 8 at the coalition’s annual meeting.

IN PHOTO: Rep. Terri Cortvriend, left, with R.I. Coalition for Children and Families Executive Director Tanja Kubas-Meyer. 

For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-1923