Surrogate Parents


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was enacted to protect the rights of children with disabilities and ensure that they have available to them a free appropriate public education. Parents play an integral role in the special education process. When, for any number of reasons, a parent is not available to participate in this process, the IDEA has procedures in place to ensure a child’s rights are represented. These procedures involve the appointment of a “surrogate parent.”

Become A Surrogate Parent





Contact Us

Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services
400 W. Congress Street, Suite 241
Tucson, AZ 85701
For more information please e-mail Stefanie Sharkey.