The Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability who is available to help families and school districts by providing information, support and training.
The Goal of the Parent Mentor:
Guide families through the special education process and explain parents’ rights and responsibilities.
Listen and provide support to families and educators on an individual basis.
Provide information and support to families including education laws, district programs and services and community resources.
Attend Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings and other meetings at the request of parent or staff.
Build collaborative partnerships between families, schools and agencies to benefit students with disabilities.
Some Common Reasons Why Parents Call the Parent Mentor:
I'm concerned about my child changing schools or moving from preschool to kindergarten.
I feel alone - no one listens to my concerns about my child.
I want to be more involved in planning my child's education.
I would like improved communication with my child's school about his progress.
I feel uncertain at IEP and other meetings and would really like some support.
The Allen County Parent Mentor Program is funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Education. Parent Mentor Services are provided free of charge to families in Allen County and the West Central Learning Academy.