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The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)

Vermont Educational Surrogate Parent Program

Vermont Educational Surrogate Program staff recruit, train and assist volunteers who fill the parent role in the special education process for student who are in the care of the State or whose parents are unavailable.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Requires that parents be involved in planning their child's special education program. The law also requires that when a child is a ward of the State or their parents are unavailable a "surrogate parent" be appointed who legally represents that child as the parent participant in the special education planning process.

For more information please go to the State of Vermont: Department of Education http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_interagency/surrogate_parent.html

Last modified January 06 2011 01:31 PM

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