Parents with psychiatric disabilities need advocacy and support to keep custody of their children. Stigma has unjustly and disproportionately prejudiced the "system" against parents with psychiatric disabilities. Parents with psychiatric disabilities can be very good parents, but external supports are needed (including advocacy, parenting support and better parenting-ability assessment tools for social workers). Increasingly research also shows that parenting is an important factor in recovery for people with psychiatric disabilities.


Valued Social Role

Education and Supports


Health and Recovery

Mental Health

Physical Health

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Recovery and Wellness


Legal Concerns

Child Custody

Commitment and Incarceration