Eligibility: ARE ADOPTED CHILDREN ELIGIBLE DUE TO TRAUMA?

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Kathy:  Is there a law that mandates adopted children are eligible to receive
an IEP or 504 due to trauma?

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Sophie
01/28/2019 12:00 am

Kathy – Well, neither IDEA nor 504 are one-size-fits-all procedures. They should both be based on the specific child’s needs. Some adopted children have experienced more or less trauma than others, and some have a more or less supportive environment than others. Also, each child responds differently to trauma. Do you see why IDEA and 504 can’t be based just on a diagnosis?
Anyway, back to YOUR child. A trauma diagnosis might help you explain your child’s needs in an IEP team or 504 committee meeting; bringing your child’s therapist to a meeting can often work wonders. You might have to pay the therapist out of pocket, but it’s usually money well spent. Good luck.

Chuck
01/17/2017 11:42 am

This would likely be a state law or rule dealing with identifying students at risk of dropping out & actions the schools should be taking to prevent this. This should be addressed on the state education agency website.