Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Surrogate Parent Training January 29

Training for persons interested in becoming surrogate parents to students with disabilities in the educational process will be held January 29 in the media center of Rivers Elementary beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The Fayette County Public Schools Exceptional Children’s Department will provide training for those interested in becoming surrogates for students whose parents cannot be identified or located, and the responsibilities are strictly limited to the special education portion of the child’s education. Duties include attending and participating in the child’s annual Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting and providing consent for evaluation or placement.

Foster parents, retired teachers and persons who would like to act as a parent in these special education decisions are encouraged to come to this training. Rosie Gwin, exceptional children’s services coordinator for the school system, will lead the training.

“Acting as a surrogate parent is a wonderful opportunity to serve a child when he or she needs it the most,” says Allison Stevenson, the school system’s parent mentor.

Light refreshments will be served.

The training is free but reservations are required. Contact Allison Stevenson by January 7 at stevenson.allison@mail.fcboe.org or call770-460-3911, ext. 239 to reserve a seat.

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