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Parents With Disabilities: Nova Scotia Couple Loses Custody Of Children

08/04/2016 02:44 EDT | Updated 08/04/2016 02:59 EDT
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HALIFAX – Nova Scotia's highest court has denied an intellectually disabled couple custody of their children, saying a lower court was wrong to prioritize the parents' rights over their kids.

The appeal court said the parents bickered often, and showed little ability to change. It said the children "were often at the epicentre of dangerous outbursts of uncontrolled anger.''

The trial judge had said the agency failed "to recognize the parents' special needs as intellectually disabled citizens,'' and suggested a new approach was needed.

But the appeal court said the parents' dysfunctional behaviour means the kids are at "high risk'' for future harm.

The children have been in care for much of their short lives. Their mother is 26 and their father 44.

The appeal court noted the kids, now aged two and three, had good prospects for adoption.

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