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Surrogate Parents in California Special Education

Federal and state laws mandate that a child receiving special education programs and services be represented by a parent who is recognized as an equal member of the team that develops the child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). This manual provides information to local education agencies (LEAs), Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs), parents and family centers, and volunteers who are willing to serve as surrogates on when and how a surrogate parent may be appointed.

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