ERIC Number: ED443255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-13
Reference Count: N/A
Policy for the Appointment of Surrogate Parents for Special Education Services.
Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing. Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services.
This policy statement from the Michigan Department of Education interprets federal provisions and the laws of the state as they may pertain to the appointment of surrogate parents for provision of special education programs and services to children with disabilities. It describes the duty of public agencies to assign an individual to act as a surrogate for a child with a disability to ensure that the rights of the child are protected when no parent can be identified. Also, a surrogate parent is needed when the public agency, after reasonable efforts, cannot discover the whereabouts of a parent or when the child is a ward of the state. Procedures for determining whether a child needs a surrogate for the parent and for assigning the surrogate are explained, as well as requirements of the surrogate, delineation of operational responsibilities, procedures for developing and maintaining the parent surrogate resource, and procedures for resolution of conflicts regarding appointment of surrogate parents. (CR)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing. Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan