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What is a Surrogate Parent?

 

* A surrogate parent is appointed when the natural parents or guardians cannot be located or the student is a ward of the State of Maine.
* The surrogate parent has all of the rights of the natural parents for educational matters, i.e. permission for evaluation of placement, release of information, request for educational hearing.
*A surrogate parent is appointed to act independently on behalf of a child with disabilities and to safeguard the student's rights in the special education process.
*Surrogate parents need to be caring individuals able to work with Maine Special Education Regulations and be able to attend Pupil Evaluation Team meetings in the child's local school or residential setting.