Educational surrogates advocate for children with disabilities

12/29/2008 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Some 400 Missouri foster children with special needs require advocates for their IEP planning sessions and parent-teacher conferences, although many currently go without due to a lack of volunteers. "These children have very, very few resources, and they have huge mountains they have to climb on their own," says educational surrogate Donna Campbell, who also chairs a Missouri university's special education department. "It gives these children a chance."

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