More children with learning disabilities who are in foster care in Jacksonville, Fla., are receiving help from surrogate parents who are appointed by school districts or judges to advocate for special-education services on their behalf. Surrogate parents -- who do not provide daily care -- are not required to have experience, but many are retired educators or parents of children with special needs. All volunteers go through training to familiarize them with special-education programs. Advocates say more surrogate parents are needed, as many volunteers are overloaded.
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