Our campaign brings disabled mothers together to defend our rights to have a family and to keep our children.
Easy Read here
May 2023 actions and events here
Watch Channel 5 News video, January 2023
February 2023 Newsletter here — more disabled parents keeping children since Channel 5 News coverage.
The Canary reports on forced adoption, March 2023:
- A protest just highlighted how adoption is the state-sanctioned, forcible removal of children from marginalised women — read here
- Systemic racism and ableism pervades the misogynistic UK adoption industry — read here
- When the price on a child’s head is £100k, no wonder adoption in the UK is so toxic — read here
Investigation reveals ‘discrimination and hostility’ faced by disabled parents — Disability News Service, January 2023
February 2023 Newsletter here
Info leaflet 2022 here
Contact the Disabled Mothers’ Rights Campaign
Meet other disabled mums, help campaign together. There’s lots to do! Have your say on our Campaign demands as mothers from various backgrounds and situations.
Tell us your experiences
We are gathering the stories of disabled mums’ struggles and victories. Please get in touch.
We say being a disabled mum is NOT ‘harm’ to children. See: Disabled mums: “we’re the experts!”
Our stories and struggles
Read our experiences of discrimination as mums in different situations, what some mothers have won.
Listen to WinVisible’s podcast about social care (International Women’s Day, March 2022).
Monthly picket of the Family Court
WinVisible is part of the Support Not Separation coalition co-ordinated by Legal Action for Women.
Take part with us at the monthly picket of the Central Family Court, held by Support Not Separation.
When: First Wednesday of every month, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Where: outside Central Family Court, First Avenue House, 42-49 High Holborn, London WC1V 6NP
Online: Twitter storm @WinVisibleWomen @NotSeparation at the same time.
Next dates: Wed 3 May 2023.
What you can do
Help us gather information about the discrimination we face as disabled mums.
If you are part of a group, get in touch and we can visit you on Zoom about the campaign, discuss what you can do in your borough and area.
Sign up to our Campaign: we welcome endorsements from organisations and professionals.
Professionals are welcome to contribute your experience and suggestions.
Contact us for more info and to get involved:
Disabled Mothers’ Rights Campaign
WinVisible (women with visible and invisible disabilities), Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, London NW5 2DX
Tel: 020 7482 2496
Follow us on Twitter @WinVisibleWomen and @NotSeparation
Why are we campaigning?
Disabled mums are routinely labelled “unfit mothers” and accused of harm or neglect when we ask the Council for support.
Read more here.
What the Campaign has done so far
Testimonies, lobbying and evidence to policy-makers — more info
If you need help for your case
Visit the Self-help guide by Support Not Separation and advice on what to do if your case is urgent. The guide includes advice applicable to all mums, and some information specifically for disabled mums.
If you need support, let us know and we can help you find support.
Legal Action for Women holds regular self-help meetings for mothers and other primary carers facing children’s social services and family court problems. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We work with other groups that offer support and resources for disabled mums. These include:
Blind Parents UK group for blind parents and carers to support each other and share information. For example, how to pull a buggy.
Elfrida Society Parents Project (parents with learning disabilities)
Sign Health support service for deaf women suffering domestic abuse
Thanks to the Trust for London — Strengthening Voices, Realising Rights — for their support.