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Tip Sheet


University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies

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Surrogate parents are appointed to represent children with disabilities whenever the birth parents or guardian of a child with a disability cannot be identified, located, or when the child is in the custody of the state. They have all the rights of birth parents for educational matters, e.g. permission for evaluation and placement, release information and request for educational hearing. The primary responsibility of surrogate parents is to ensure that children with disabilities are provided with a free, appropriate public education. (Adapted from ed/programs/surrogate/index.html)

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University of Maine Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies. (2010). Learning ideas: Special education tips for foster parents who are surrogate parents. Orono, ME.


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