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(9.27) I am a foster parent for a special education student. What are my rights?

(9.27) I am a foster parent for a special education student. What are my rights?

Both state and federal law recognize a foster parent’s right to act in place of a parent in the IEP process if the parent’s educational rights have been terminated. [34 C.F.R. Secs. 300.30(a)(2) & (b); Cal. Ed. Code Sec. 56028(a)(2).] In addition, California law makes it clear that a foster parent must be given preference — after a relative caretaker and before a CASA — when a district appoints a surrogate parent. [Cal. Gov. Code Sec. 7579.5(c).]