What is a surrogate parent?
An individual who serves as a surrogate parent for a child with a disability is appointed to act in place of a parent to make educational decisions for the child with a disability. A surrogate parent is appointed if no parent can be identified, the parent cannot be located, the child is a ward of the state, or the child is an unaccompanied homeless youth.
Surrogate parents represent the child in all matters relating to his or her identification, evaluation and educational placement and in the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE). School districts throughout our region are looking for individuals who are willing to volunteer a few hours of their time each year to attend ETR and IEP meetings.
If you are a parent, have an educational background, and/or want to make a BIG difference in a child’s life, you should consider becoming a certified surrogate parent! Please contact, Karen Vicroy at
, or 800-686-2945, to register for the initial surrogate parent training.