Free training to be an educational advocate for special-needs students who do not have parents able to speak for them will be given from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at 1404 Stonum Road, Modesto.
The surrogate parent training will be given by the Stanislaus SELPA, a regional oversight agency that covers Stanislaus County outside of Modesto City Schools. SELPA stands for Special Education Local Plan Area.
Topics to be covered include the role of surrogate parents, the Individual Education Plan process, parent rights and programs available to children with special needs. Surrogate parents take on the parents’ role within the school context, representing the child’s interests throughout the special education process.
Those who complete the training will be certified to serve as a surrogate parent, but it is open to anyone interested.
“You don’t have to become a surrogate parent for special education students. However, we would appreciate it if you would,” notes the flier.
To register, contact Angie Van Wagoner by phone at 209-541-2335, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.