Lawsuit to Protect Parents with Intellectual Disabilities at Risk of Family Separation

Josefina S. v. City of New York

New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) is the agency charged with investigating allegations of abuse or neglect of children. This case claims that ACS discriminates against parents with intellectual disabilities, making it more likely that those parents will be unfairly separated from their children. In particular, ACS does not provide the services, programs, and activities that parents with intellectual disabilities need to prevent the removal of their children, or to be reunified with their children after the children have been removed. The case also claims that ACS unfairly and unlawfully assumes that parents with intellectual disabilities cannot parent their own children safely.

If you are a parent with an intellectual disability who has been involved with ACS, contact NYLAG attorneys Elizabeth Jois (212-613-5093; ejois@nylag.org)) or Jane Greengold Stevens (212-613-5031; jstevens@nylag.org).

More Information:

Name: Josefina S. v. City of New York

Dkt. #: 17 Civ. 7661 (S.D.N.Y 2017)

Judge: Hon. Alison Nathan

Co-Counsel: Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Status: Plaintiffs have moved for class certification; parties are engaged in settlement negotiations.


Violations of Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act.


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