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Rep. Galonski announces House passage of bill to protect the rights of people with disabilities who want to serve as caretaker for a minor

December 8, 2021
Tavia Galonski News

State Rep. Tavia Galonski (D-Akron) today announced the Ohio House passage of House Bill (HB) 352, bipartisan legislation sponsored by former Rep. Erica Crawley, to prohibit a person’s disability from being used to deny or limit care of a minor. 

“Ohioans with disabilities are no less capable of being supportive, responsive parents than non-disabled individuals, and the law should reflect that,” said Rep. Galonski. “House Bill 352 will protect Ohioans with disabilities and their rights to care for children.”

HB 352 would prohibit denying or limiting a person from any of the following because the person has a disability: 

  • Exercising custody, parenting time, or visitation rights with a minor;
  • Adopting a minor;
  • Serving as a foster caregiver for a minor;
  • Appointment as a guardian for a minor.

HB 352 now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.