Become a Special Education Surrogate Parent-Free Springfield Orientation Training


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Thu Sep 20, 2018, 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM


Children's Study HomeSherman Street CampusSpringfield, MA 01109
A Student in Massachusetts Needs You


Are you interested in supporting students in your community?

You can help by volunteering to become a Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) for a student in DCF care that requires special education supports and whose parents are unknown or unavailable. These children depend on SESPs to protect their legal right to a free and appropriate education.

SESPs serve as appointed decision makers that have the legal authority of a parent or legal guardian to attend and participate in special education team meetings, approve or reject Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and if necessary, file complains or appeals. On average, the time commitment is only 30-40 hours a year.

RTSC hosts FREE Orientation Trainings throughout the state where you will learn about the role of an SESP, how traumatic experiences can impact learning, and how to incorporate the appropriate supports into the IEP. Register to attend this training or visit our website at to view our current training schedule for other opportunities.

Registration is required. You can register online or contact Danielle Hardin at or 617-399-8342. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR CONTACT PHONE NUMBER.


  • Special Needs
  • Organization
  • Mental Health
  • Problem Solving
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • General Education

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approx. 30-40 hours a year, one year commitment
  • Interested volunteers should not have conflicting agency involvement such as DCF employee

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