The Recruitment, Training and Support Center for Special Education Surrogate Parents, a project of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, will host a free orientation for Massachusetts residents interested in helping local children succeed in schools in the Southern Berkshires and throughout Berkshire County.
The orientation will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Monday Oct. 28, at Berkshire Community College, South County Campus, 343 Main St.
This three-hour training session will cover neurological trauma and its effect on education. Volunteers will learn about the students and how they can help using their specific skills and knowledge of special education procedures.
Special Education Surrogate Parents volunteer to make educational decisions for students whose parents are unknown or unable to do so. Federal education law requires a student’s parents or guardians be included in the special education decision-making process. However, children in state custody may not have anyone to fill that role.
Registration required. Contact Elaine Arsenault at (413) 522-5968 or Luci Leonard of CHW Alliance of Berkshire County at (413) 358-5296 to sign up for orientation or to request more information about the program.