Parental Rights in Washington

Washington 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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Washington State Law and Parental Rights

At Risk

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

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Washington Courts and Parental Rights

Affirmed as Fundamental, Although Strict Scrutiny Not Mentioned

In re Welfare of C.S., 225 P.3d 953, 954 (Wash. 2010):

"¶ 6 A biological parent has fundamental liberty and privacy interests in raising his or her child, and the State can infringe upon those interests only when the parent is endangering the child's physical or emotional welfare."