Resources Especially for Foster or Adoptive Families

Updated November 2012My duty is to care for her; my love explains the manner of my days. —Jane WileyGiving a child a home is a remarkable gift. This page is written for the families who've adopted children with disabilities (and without!) and those who offer them safe haven through fostering.  t's also written for those who work in state agencies or in private organizations who find foster homes and adoptive families for so many children.Table … [Read more...]

Special education tips for foster parents who are surrogate parents

Surrogate parents are appointed to represent children with disabilities whenever the birth parents or guardian of a child with a disability cannot be identified, located, or when the child is in the custody of the state. They have all the rights of birth parents for educational matters, e.g., permission for evaluation and placement, release information and request for educational hearing. The primary responsibility of surrogate parents is to ensure … [Read more...]

NOTICE: The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is no longer in operation. Our funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ended on September 30, 2013. Our website and all its free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014.