About the Course
This workshop is specifically tailored for foster parents who want to develop a deeper understanding of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process and become effective advocates for foster youth in educational settings. Participants will gain insights into the components of an IEP, the roles of different stakeholders, and the rights and protections afforded to foster children under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Through interactive discussions, case studies, and practical examples, foster parents will learn strategies for effectively collaborating with school staff and advocating for their foster child's educational needs during the IEP meetings.
1. Understand the IEP process, including the purpose, components, and key elements involved in creating an effective educational plan for foster youth with special needs.
2. Learn about the rights and protections of foster youth under the IDEA, including the right to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), the importance of parental involvement, and the role of the foster parent as an advocate for the child's educational needs.
3. Develop practical skills and strategies to effectively communicate and collaborate with school staff, ensuring that the foster child's unique educational needs are properly identified, addressed, and supported in the IEP process.