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Upcoming Surrogate Parent Training Dates for 2018-2019

We had an awesome time with our August 2nd Saturday Training! 
Please join us for our next training!

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  • Tuesday Training times:
    11:00a.m. -1:00 p.m.
        
    Location: Klein Multipurpose Center 7500 Farm to Market 2920, Klein, TX 77379
  • Tuesday- August 28th  
  • Tuesday- September 18th
  • Tuesday- October 16th
  • Tuesday- January 15th
  • Tuesday- May 21st 

    Location: Network Operations Center 7200 Spring Cypress Rd, Klein TX 77379
  • Tuesday- March 19th 
  • Tuesday- April 16th 

We want to spread the word about our surrogate parent program. If you or your group are not able to make the above training, please contact Rekina to schedule a site visit to your location to train your interested volunteers! 

Contact her today: foster@kleinisd.net

What is the Surrogate Parent Program?

The Surrogate Parent Program is a federally mandated and state regulated program designed to ensure educational decisions occur for students that are found to be without a "parent," in the eyes of the law.

The surrogates parents are only assigned through the local school district or by a judge when a student meets ALL of the following criteria:

  • student receives special education or specialized programming through Section 504   AND
  • student is found to reside with a caregiver that it not permitted to make educational decisions for the student in review of the student's need for specialized instruction.
    • In Klein ISD, this applies to students residing in group homes, residential treatment facilities, home health GROs or foster home where the foster parent is noted to be incapable of making educational decisions for the student 
  • a surrogate parent is also assigned if a student is found to be homeless and the parent cannot be located or identified

The surrogate parent acts an education parent for this select group of students by:

  • providing a non-biased approach to making education decisions 
  • regular communication with the student about their educational strengths and areas of difficulty
  • ongoing communication with the student's support system (DFPS, RTC staff, School and advocacy staff assigned to the student via CPS.)
  • advocating for the student in the school setting to permit access to educational (academic, social transitional and behavioral) supports as a result of the students special education needs
  • reviewing educational records to gather information on the student's performance in the school setting
  • attending Special Education Admission, Review & Dismissal (ARD) meetings to develop the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) 
  • maintaining logs of services provided as a surrogate to the student
Who can become a surrogate parent?
Community volunteers are awesome surrogate parents!
You must fit the following criteria:
  • Have a desire to work with students in foster care who have specialized educational needs
  • Be open to learning about the student and their educational needs
  • Be open to learn about the student's specialized supports and advocate for the student's educational needs
  • Be willing to get to know the student 
  • Be willing and available to attend special education/specialized support meetings for the student
  • Be cleared to not have a conflict of interest, meaning your efforts in working with the student is Not:
    • for monetary gain,
    • conducted as a favor to the school district, 
    • conducted to gain favors from a school district
    • to promote or align with decisions of a school/district or caregiver
    • for other special factors
  •  You must not be employed by any agency under the Texas Education Agency and
  • You cannot be the student's caregiver (e.g. residential, group home staff) 
What steps must I take to become a surrogate parent?
If you meet the criteria noted in the "Who can become a surrogate parent," section on our website, and you are interested in hearing more about the surrogate parent program.

You will be requested to take the following steps:
  1. Sign up for a surrogate parent training session
  2. Complete the surrogate background check through Klein ISD.  
  3. Complete a Klein ISD fingerprinting process 
  4. Complete a confidentiality agreement
  5. Complete a training verification form upon completion of the training
  6. Once cleared and approved, Rekina Romes will contact you and provide you with your next steps  
Click here to review training dates for a surrogate parent training 
When are the surrogate parent training dates & how do I RSVP for a training?
The Surrogate Parent Training Dates are scheduled and posted on our Surrogate Parent Website.

You may access this link to share the training dates with others.  

Please monitor our site for updates and reach out to foster@kleinisd.net for additional updates and RSVP Links. 
Who can attend the surrogate parent training?

All are welcomed to attend the training!

Those in the following categories may find additional benefit in attending! 

  • Interested community volunteers
  • Foster Parents,
  • Residential Caregivers,
  • Child Protective Services and Department of Family and Public Safety Staff, 
  • CASA workers and
  • School staff

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We Need You                                       
                     
We are in need of community volunteers to provide educational surrogate parent services for a select group of foster students.

    This select group of foster students:

    • Do not have a "parent" in review of the law.
    • and receive special education and
      section 504 services in Klein ISD
    • and need you to help in their educational process.


    Did you know that Klein ISD has over 300 foster students!


    How Can You Help?                           

    • Spread the word about the school-based
      surrogate parent program and help us recruit volunteers!
    • Email this flyer to your church, community center, organizations & friends! Post this flyer on your social media outlets!                       
    • Have all interested parties contact Rekina Romes at foster@Kleinisd.net 
    • Schedule for Rekina to come to your organization to talk about the surrogate parent program                                        


    How Do You Get Started?                 

    • Contact Rekina Romes at foster@Kleinisd.net to request the RSVP  form for an upcoming training.
    • Complete a free 2 hour surrogate parent training hosted in Klein ISD
    • Complete & pass the Klein ISD foster care department's criminal background check & fingerprinting process using a FAST PASS form  from Klein ISD                                                                                                                    


    Questions often asked
    by our
    surrogate parents:

    I have completed my service logs for my surrogate student, what do I do next?
    I want to ensure I keep my surrogate student for the upcoming year, what steps do I need to take?
    End of the year procedures for the surrogate parent
    I need to discontinue my surrogate duties, what steps do I take?
    Do all foster students require a surrogate parent?
    No, the surrogate parent program is only for a select group of students and should not be confused with our awesome Klein Mentor Programs. 

    The surrogates parents are only assigned through the local school district or by a judge when a student meets ALL of the following criteria:

    • student receives special education or specialized programming through Section 504   AND
    • student is found to reside with a caregiver that it not permitted to make educational decisions for the student in review of the student's need for specialized instruction.
      • In Klein ISD, this applies to students residing in group homes, residential treatment facilities, home health GROs or foster home where the foster parent is noted to be incapable of making educational decisions for the student 
    • a surrogate parent is also assigned if a student is found to be homeless and the parent cannot be located or identified
    If I am a mentor in Klein ISD, am I also approved to be a surrogate parent?
    Great question!

    Although both programs involve direct student contact,
    the Surrogate Parent Program has a different process for clearance, therefore mentors cannot automatically become surrogate parents. 

    The Surrogate Parent Program requires additional steps.  Please click on our "What steps must I take to become a surrogate parent" section on this website for additional details.


    If I have previously been fingerprinted, do I need to be printed again?
    If you have prior fingerprints through a prior employment with a Texas Education Agency, you have a greater outcome in Klein ISD being able to verify and process your prior fingerprints.

    Our system does not communicate with agencies outside of the Texas Education Agency and this will require our participants to be fingerprinted at their own expense with the use of the Klein ISD Fast Pass.

    The average cost of fingerprinting at a local DPS office is $42

    Please use this form when being printed. 


    What are my responsibilities as a surrogate parent?
    Your influence is greatly appreciated in that you are advocating for a student in foster care!

    Click here to access your rights and responsibilities as a surrogate parent!
    I have additional questions
    Please submit your questions concerning our foster care programs and supports by clicking this link to complete a questionnaire form.

    Your questions will be answered by Rekina Romes, our foster care coordinator. 

    Thank you.
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              Rekina Romes M.S., LSSP
                Foster Care Coordinator

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         Email us at:  foster@kleinisd.net
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                       Spring, TX 77388



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        "I never knew the impact
                I would have on
      the life of a foster student
                until I joined the 
          Klein Surrogate Parent                         Program." 
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    I attended the surrogate parent program training, what do I do next?
    I have been cleared for the surrogate parent program, what are my next steps?
    What are my rights as a surrogate parent?
    How often do I need to retrain as a surrogate parent?
    My surrogate student moved or no longer needs services, what do I do?
    How many students can I have as a surrogate?
    I want to be an independent contractor, what steps do I need to take?
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