Surrogate Parent Training – New Modules and Certification

Surrogate Parents Needed
Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Have you considered serving as a surrogate parent for a school district? You may be wondering, what is a surrogate parent?
Surrogate parents represent a student with disabilities in all matters relating to the identification, evaluation, educational placement and provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) when their parents are not able to do so. As a surrogate parent, you will:
  • become acquainted with the child and their needs
  • review education records
  • attend evaluation team and IEP team meetings
  • make informed decisions about the education of the child
The Ohio Department of Education released new training modules and certification through its Surrogate Parent Training Program. Each module includes a video presentation, a way to apply what you have learned, support content, and a short quiz. The full training takes approximately 10 hours to complete.

For more information on surrogate parenting check out this short presentation on InspirED: Surrogate Parent OCALI | Surrogate Parent for a Child with a Disability.

If you decide to serve, please complete the training at

More Information
If you have questions about becoming a Surrogate Parent, you may email Jill Barnhisel
You can also email Karen Johnson or Chrissy Cline from the Department.