Educational Surrogate Program

  • The state of Missouri and SSD are asking for volunteers to act as educational surrogates for special education students who are without a parent to represent them in educational decisions.

    State and federal laws require that these students have educational surrogates. The greatest number of educational surrogates is needed for students who are in the legal custody of the Division of Family Services and reside in a residential facility.

    Major responsibilities include participating in the development of the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), attending teacher conferences, and representing the child in complaint or due process procedures. The State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) provides training for volunteers appointed as education surrogates.

    Educational surrogates have no responsibility for physical or financial care of the student, nor are they liable for civil damages as a result of representing the student in educational decisions.

    For information about the Educational Surrogate Program, contact Emily Boeckmann at 314.989.8021 or DESE at 573.751.0699.

Key Contacts

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  • DESE Educational Surrogate Information
  • Expectations (State Plan, Pages 84-87)

Education Surrogate - DESE