The Advocate’s Deep Dive into Child Find: Uncovering the Hidden Pathways to Special Education

by | Aug 31, 2023 | Advocate Resources

Today, let’s focus our hearts and minds on a topic that often goes unnoticed but holds immense power: Child Find. This legal cornerstone in special education is a game-changer, and I’m thrilled to guide you through its intricacies.

What Is Child Find?

Child Find is a legal mandate that requires schools to identify, locate, and evaluate children with disabilities. Sounds straightforward, right? But here’s the kicker—schools often don’t take the first step. That’s where we come in, the relentless advocates, the warriors of justice.

The 10 Triggers for Child Find Investigations

If you notice any of the following signs, it’s time to initiate a Child Find investigation:
1. Ongoing below-grade-level performance
2. Increasing academic gaps
3. Diagnosis of a disorder
4. Mental health medication
5. Inattention affecting achievement or relationships
6. Hospitalization for suicidal or homicidal ideation
7. Significant social issues
8. Emotional issues
9. Excessive absences
10. Parent or teacher recommendation

The Advocate’s Role: Be the Catalyst

We must be vigilant and proactive. If you see any of these triggers, don’t wait for the school to act. Take the initiative, gather evidence, and push for an evaluation. Remember, Child Find is not just a legal requirement; it’s a moral obligation.

Why Child Find Matters

Child Find is more than a legal term; it’s a lifeline for families navigating the maze of special education. It ensures that children receive the services they need to thrive, not just survive.

My final thoughts … Child Find is our secret weapon in ensuring that every child receives the education they deserve. Let’s wield it with love, courage, and an unwavering commitment to justice.

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Don’t let this moment pass you by. Take the next step in your advocacy journey today!

Feel free to share, comment, and let’s keep the conversation going. Until next time, remember, when we get it right for the child we get it right right for everyone!


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