The Recruitment, Training and Support Center (RTSC) for Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs) is a project of the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Federal education law requires a student’s parents or guardians be included in the special education decision-making process. However, children in state custody may not have anyone to fill that role. In Massachusetts, those children depend on SESPs to protect their legal right to a free and appropriate education.
Special Education Surrogate Parents make educational decisions for students in Massachusetts whose parents are unknown or unavailable. They meet with their assigned student or observe them in the classroom, receive all progress reports and report cards and attend IEP meetings as an acting surrogate parent.
The mission of the RTSC Project at the Federation for Children with Special Needs is to ensure that every child in state custody receives the educational supports they need to succeed. We strive to meet this goal by recruiting volunteers from across the state and providing them with the training and support they need to be effective Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs).
If you want to serve Massachusetts youth at risk by becoming an SESP, send us an Application today!
A project of the Federation for Children with Special Needs under contract with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and in partnership with the Special Education Surrogate Parent Program (SESPP).
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How to become an SESP
Are you interested in becoming a Special Education Surrogate Parent? Learn more about the role and responsibilities and how to apply.
Visit our event calendar to register for an upcoming orientation, networking series, conference and more.
RTSC provides ongoing case management and special education support to all SESP volunteers in order to assist you in successfully representing your student.
LEA Recruitment Program
RTSC partners with School Districts, Local Education Agencies, and other organizations to recruit volunteers, provide trauma and other trainings, and offer technical assistance.
Below are quick access links to some of our most common resources.