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Mental disability and child protection law : or why not put "bad mothering" into the DSM and save a lot of time and trouble? Mosoff, Judith


With a particular interest in mothers with mental disability UBC Law Professor Judith Mosoff analyze child welfare decisions about continuing custody orders made in British Columbia in recent years. These cases depict families that are deeply troubled. Virtually every decision portrays these characteristics: the mother is a lone parent, characterized as having a mental illness, an addiction or both; the family is poor; at least one of the children is said to have a disability; mothers lose their children. In this paper Professor Mosoff analyzes the ways mental disability is used as a weapon to remove children from their families.

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