DCF & School District

Student Eligibilty

Student Eligibility

In order to be eligible for a Special Education Surrogate Parent, a student must be:

Students eligible for an SESP reside in a variety of living situations including residential schools, group homes, hospitals or pediatric nursing homes, state institutions, diagnostic placements, and shelters.

Under both federal and state special education regulations, foster parents have the authority to act as special education decision-makers without an appointment by the SESP Program. We may continue an SESP appointment of a student who has moved into a foster home for a period of transition.

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*Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: A youth who is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, and who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence or has a primary nighttime residence in a supervised, publicly or privately, operated shelter for temporary accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing for the mentally ill), an institution providing temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or a public or private place not designated for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.