Surrogate Parent Program

The Surrogate Parent Program was established to provide surrogate parents to children with disabilities whenever the natural parents or guardian of a child with a disability cannot be identified or located, or when the child is in the custody of the state. Surrogate parents have all the rights of natural parents for educational matters, e.g. permission for evaluation and placement, to release information and to request for educational hearing.

The primary goal of the surrogate parent program is to ensure that all children with disabilities are provided with equal educational opportunities. 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.

  • Surrogate Parent Volunteer Training
  • Request Surrogate Parent for a Child. Do you know a child with a disability who may be in need of a surrogate parent?
  • Apply to be a Surrogate Parent Volunteer. Interested in becoming a surrogate parent for a child with a disability? Surrogate parents advocate for their child's needs as he or she receives a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE).
  • Surrogate Parent Process. Questions and answers about the procedure to become and fulfill your duties as a surrogate parent.
    • Read Surrogate Parent Brochure PDF (328KB) | HTML
  • Surrogate Parent Handbook (RTF, 1.78MB). Guide to help surrogate parents understand the procedures, responsibilities and laws involved in their work. This handbook was updated in November 2012.