Hadley Building – Westborough, MA
Serving students across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Megan Ronzio, Program Director
Through a grant of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, EDCO Collaborative’s Special Education Surrogate Parent (SESP) Program appoints trained volunteers to act as special education decision-makers for students who have no parent or legal guardian. These students typically reside in a variety of living situations that may include residential schools, group homes, hospitals or pediatric nursing homes, state institutions, diagnostic placements, and shelters. There are over 780 students throughout the state currently represented by an SESP, and in FY15 the program appointed 407 students – the most in any fiscal year since FY11.
In addition, the SESP Program conducts outreach efforts to DCF offices and to school districts across the state by offering trainings and informational materials. The SESP Program works in partnership with the Massachusetts Federation for Children with Special Needs, which is responsible for volunteer recruitment, training and support.