• Parent Surrogates

    Parent surrogates are individuals trained by the state to represent a foster care student at an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Evaluation Team Report (ETR) meeting and ensure that the best interest of the child is being served within the school setting.  Individuals who receive the training learn the appropriate procedures for evaluations and understand how the student's special education goals should be implemented and monitored.          

    Columbus City Schools (CCS) is always looking for volunteers to be parent surrogates for CCS students.  State Support Team 11 facilitates parent surrogate trainings in the central Ohio region.  SST-11 now has an online training video to allow individuals to conveniently receive up to date information on special education law, policies, and procedures.  Once you have completed your parent surrogate training then contact John Cook, School Psychologist Supervisor, at jcook1324@columbus.k12.oh.us to indicate you would like to be a parent surrogate volunteer for Columbus City Schools.  

    To ensure the safety of our volunteers, Parent surrogates are not required to attend in-person meetings at CCS and will be able to attend virtual meetings for the 20-21 school year.

  • Surrogate Volunteers & CCS

    A review of the 19-20 school year data indicates the average response time to fulfill a parent surrogate request was less than two days.  Below are the number of yearly parent surrogate requests that are received by our offices.  

    # Parent Surrogate requests per year


    CCS currently has 72 active parent surrogate volunteers.  These volunteers ensure that students are supported and requests for surrogates are quickly fulfilled. 



  • Requesting a Parent Surrogate

    CCS staff can request a parent surrogate by completing the parent surrogate request form.  Click the Surrogate Request Form link below, download, and complete the fillable PDF.  Email the completed request form to John Cook, School Psychologist Supervisor, at jcook1324@columbus.k12.oh.us  

    Surrogate Request Form 

  • Live Virtual Parent Surrogate Training

    Live virtual trainings are now scheduled for the 20-21 school year.  These trainings are facilitated by the State Support Team 11.  Go to the hyperlink to see more information.  

    Surrogate  Flyer

  • NEW!! Online Parent Surrogate Training Video

    State Support Team 11 (SST-11) has recorded a training video that has up to date information regarding Ohio policies, procedures, and special education law. 

    Click the link below to conveniently watch the video at your own pace.  Once you are done watching the video then click the link below to complete the test.  Email Tina Forshey at SST-11 at  Tina.Forshey@escco.org who can confirm completion and will email a certificate.

    Parent Surrogate Training Video


    Surrogate Test and Survey