Educational Advocacy

Defenders of Children fiercely advocates for children with education-related issues.  Our educational advocates are seasoned professionals called in to help when a child is not receiving services in school to which they are entitled, not making educational progress, and/or their IEPs are not being followed.

Issues we may be able to assist with, upon determination of case eligibility:

  • Parent Support and help navigating the Special Education System
  • Requesting an evaluation for Special Education Services to determine if your child has a disability
  • Getting your child’s IEP (Individual Education Plan) goals met
  • Bullying
  • Transition Services
  • School Resources
  • Transgender Rights
  • IEP/504 Meetings
  • Manifestation/Disciplinary Meetings
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Skills/Filing Complaints
  • Behavioral Supports and Discipline
  • GED Requirements/Disability Accommodations
  • Educational Compliance/Negotiations
  • Empowerment Scholarships Accounts (ESAs)
  • Children that are dually adjudicated, have mental health diagnosis, addiction and sex offences
  • Children involved with Department Child Safety, the Court and Probation Systems
    System Navigation
    Civil Rights Advocacy
    Education Advocacy
    Advocacy in the DDD System
    Behavioral Health Advocacy
    Complex Case Management
    Parent Training