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New Hampshire's Educational Surrogate Parent Program


The Educational Surrogate Parent Program, coordinated through the New Hampshire Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, provides educationally disabled children, throughout the State, who need special education and their parent(s) or guardian is unknown or unavailable, or after reasonable efforts cannot be located or the child is in custody or guardianship of the state, with an educational surrogate parent to act as the child's educational decision-maker in the special education process.

The program certifies volunteers, who successfully complete the training and training requirements, to act as educational surrogate parents. Once certified, volunteers are appointed to a child and that appointment is effective until the child reaches 18 years of age, and may be extended in certain cases until the child graduates high school or reaches the age of 21, whichever occurs first.

To become a certified educational surrogate parent, you must be at least 21 years of age, successfully complete a nine hour training, pass the educational surrogate parent test, and complete an application that includes a background check.

Educational surrogate parents only represent a child in their education and they are not responsible for any direct care of financial cost associated with the child. Specifically, as an educational surrogate parent, you would fill the role of a parent at all of the child's Special Education Team meetings.

Volunteer Surrogate Parents Fill Role For Special Needs Students (article by Michael Brindley, NHPR)

Request an Educational Surrogate Parent for children ages 2 1/2 - 21 (School District)

Request an Educational Surrogate Parent for children ages 0-3 (Family-Centered Early Supports and Services [FCESS])

When a student with an Educational Surrogate Parent is turning 18 and wishes to continue to have an Educational Surrogate Parent represent their educational needs until either they graduate or turn 21 years of age

How to become a Volunteer Educational Surrogate Parent

Amy Jenks
Program Coordinator
(603) 271-3842
Amy.Jenks@doe.nh.gov

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