VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR EDUCATIONAL SURROGATE PROGRAM (ESP)

 

A training will be held on Saturday March 18, 2017 at the Peoria Public Library from 9am to 4pm for individuals interested in becoming an educational surrogate volunteer. This is a rewarding opportunity with a minimal time commitment. Stipends are available and lunch is provided that day

There are many children up to age 18 in Illinois who live in residential facilities and are under the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Many of these children require special education services from local schools both public and private. They do not have parents available to act on their behalf when special education decisions are made.

The Educational Surrogate Parent (ESP) Volunteer would become familiar with the student records and attend special education meetings where an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed once or twice a year. The ESP would serve in the role of the parent and work with the school team to make educational decisions in the best interest of the student. The ESP would not be involved in day to day educational decisions such as attendance, field trips, parent-teacher conferences. ESP’s can be surrogates for 1 or more students.

It is a federal and Illinois State Board of Education mandate that all eligible students have an ESP who must be a citizen, over 18, and completes a one day training program. ESP’s will be reimbursed $ 60 for the full day training which includes lunch as well as $ 50 per semester for each student they agree to be ESP for.

Please visit our website for more information. It is www.sased.org/what-we-do/grants/the-educational-surrogate-parent-training-program . If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jim Even at the ESP program at 630-955-8055 or e-mail him at jeven@sased.org.