Surrogate Parents

  • A surrogate parent is a person designated to assume responsibility in matters relating to the identification, evaluation, and educational placement of students for whom no parent or guardian can be identified, or their whereabouts are unknown, or the child is a ward of the state. Surrogate parents are volunteers who are trained by the Capital Area Intermediate Unit to serve in this capacity. To qualify as a surrogate parent you must meet the following qualifications:

    • be a volunteer
    • be a person of good character
    • be at least 18 years old
    • possess reasonable abilities to make decisions concerning a student's educational needs
    • be committed to becoming acquainted with the student's educational needs and with Pennsylvania's educational system
    • have no vested interest that would conflict with the primary allegiance to the student you would represent


    Surrogate Parent duties include becoming familiar with special education regulations, being involved in IEP processes, and receiving notifications regarding evaluation and/or educational placement of the student.

    For more information, please select the link to the CAIU Surrogate Parent Information page.