Children with disabilities who have no available biological parents are in need of volunteer 'surrogate' parents to advocate on their behalf.
That according to the state's Department of Education.
Maine's Education Surrogate Parent Program matches disabled children, often in residential treatment centers and in custody of DHHS, with volunteers.
The time commitment is entirely up to the volunteer.
"An educational surrogate would essentially take the place of their biological parent in IEP (educational programming) meetings, visiting with the student, really advocating for the student in terms of their education," said Staci Fowler, Surrogate Parent Coordinator.
These children attend special education classes in schools across the state.
To apply to become a volunteer, call Staci Fowler at 624-6670 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org.