Surrogate Parent

Surrogate Parent

Surrogate Parent Training

The Ohio Department of Education has released their NEWLY updated Surrogate Parent Training Modules.  ALL current Surrogate Parents are required to complete the modules by August 2, 2022 in order to continue to serve as a Surrogate Parent.  

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What is a Surrogate Parent?

When a student does not have their own parent or legal guardian to represent them in the special education process, the home school district’s superintendent must appoint a surrogate parent to represent the child.   He or she represents the child’s special educational interests in the same manner as a natural parent. The surrogate parent needs to understand the child’s disability and unique educational needs. The surrogate parent provides permission for certain special education procedures. He or she reviews the child’s assessment/evaluation data and educational placement. A surrogate parent takes part in school meetings in which the student’s Individualized Educational Program is developed, reviewed and modified.



Helpful Links

Supporting Documents

Use this resource to gather information about the student you are working with. The document includes helpful questions to guide you.
Use this log to document actions taken as you work with a child as their Surrogate Parent. It includes spaces to record date of visit, purpose of visit and comments.
Information to support the needs of children that are unaccompanied homeless youth as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
This document contains information that the district of residence (DoR) is responsible for pertaining to a Surrogate Parent.
Optional Form 7 is provided by the Ohio Department of Education for DoR to use when assigning a Surrogate Parent to a student. It is not required but would be considered to be good practice to use this form or a similar district approved form.
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