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Mother’s Parental Rights Terminated for Smoking Marijuana [Family Defense Center]

Friday, August 5, 2016  
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Family Defense Center

Yesterday, the Family Defense Center filed a petition asking the Illinois Supreme Court to review a lower court decision to terminate all parental rights of a 23-year-old mother. The mother, who is biracial and identifies as lesbian, was found to be “unfit” and her rights to raise her 6-year old son were terminated primarily because she used marijuana during a nine-month period in 2013 and 2014.


NACC Board Member and Child Welfare Law Specialist Stephanie Ledesma was cited in the press release and took part in the corresponding press conference as a source who can speak to racial disproportionality in the child welfare system.


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