Parental Rights in Oregon

Oregon Parental Rights News

Parental Rights to Overcome Disability Discrimination

February 22, 2018

Efforts Are Underway This Year to Significantly Improve the Legal Landscape for Parents with Disabilities. Current Disability Discrimination in Parental Rights For decades, parents with disabilities have entered the courtroom with the deck stacked against them. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation reported in 2016 that “35 states include disability as grounds for termination of…

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Oregon State Law and Parental Rights

At Risk

Oregon does not have a state statute that explicitly defines and protects parental rights as fundamental rights.

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Oregon Courts and Parental Rights

At High Risk!

Oregon courts have not established a precedent of protecting fundamental parental rights with the strict scrutiny standard of review.

In fact, in his concurring opinion in In re Marriage of Winczewski, 72 P.3d 1012, 1034 (Or. Ct. App. 2003), Chief Justice Deits of the Oregon Court of Appeals pointed out that "The Court in Troxel did not adopt the 'compelling state interest' standard and we have expressly rejected that legal standard."