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ORGANIZATION: Recruitment Training and Support Center (RTSC) for Special Education Surrogate Parents

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Please note: This opportunity is for Massachusetts residents only. All others should visit your state education website for local opportunities.

Are you interested in being a Special Education Decision-Maker for students in your community? Volunteers, known as Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs), are appointed educational decision-makers for students in the custody of the Department of Children and Families (DCF) who require special education services.

In this Orientation Training, you will learn about the role of a SESP, how traumatic experiences can impact learning, and how to incorporate the appropriate supports into the IEP. To register, hit "Sign Up" above or go to https://fcsn.org/rtsc/events-calendar/. Contact Kendra Watkins kwatkins@fcsn.org or 617-399-8342 with any questions.

Once appointed, SESP volunteers have the legal authority of a parent or legal guardian to attend special education team meetings, approve or reject IEPs, and, if necessary, file a complaint or appeal. On average an SESP spends about 30-40 hours a year volunteering their time.

Upon registration, please use the following link to complete the SESP application in advance to expedite the process: https://fcsn.org/sesp-online-application/

For more information here is our brochure: https://fcsn.org/rtsc-updated-brochure/

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About Recruitment Training and Support Center (RTSC) for Special Education Surrogate Parents


c/o The Federation for Children With Special Needs, 529 Main Street Suite 1102, Boston, MA 02129, US

Mission Statement

To recruit a knowledgeable dedicated volunteer to act as a
Special Education Surrogate Parent for every child in Massachusetts who needs
one, and to give all those volunteers the training and support they need to
create the best possible educational experiences for the children they serve.


The Recruitment, Training and Support Center for Special
Education Surrogate Parents (RTSC) recruits volunteers to attend Team meetings,
sign Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), and monitor the educational
progress of children in state custody whose parents cannot. The RTSC also offers all Special Education
Surrogate Parents continued support and training throughout their volunteer


Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Community


Thu Jun 27, 2024
06:00 PM - 08:30 PM


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • General Education
  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Advocacy
  • Special Needs




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One year committment and up to 40 hours total for the year.

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