How to Comply With Child Find Laws

Education law expert Richard Verstegen will guide you through best practices associated with child find activities. You will learn how to comply with today’s legal requirements and avoid errors.

What You'll Learn

  • When is IDEA’s child find requirement implicated?
  • Who can initiate the special education process?
  • What referral practices should you establish?
  • What roles do RTI and similar pre-referral procedures play?
  • What constitutes a comprehensive evaluation under the IDEA?
  • What rights do parents have to challenge district evaluations?
  • How should districts document the results of special education evaluations?
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Training Overview

How do you comply with Child Find Laws? Learn how to comply with IDEA requirements.

The Department of Education’s guidance interpreting the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), focuses on the Child Find mandate. It obligates public school districts to find all children “who need special education and related services,” including those who are:

  • Suspected of having long COVID and post-COVID conditions
  • Experiencing homelessness
  • Wards of the State
  • Highly mobile and migrant
  • English learners
  • Parentally placed in private schools
  • Suspected of having developmental delays
  • Exhibiting complex medical needs
  • Residing in nursing homes because of serious health problems
  • In correctional facilities

You must do more than wait for students and parents to request services. You need to actively search for, evaluate, and support all children in your district.

  • When is IDEA’s child find requirement implicated?
  • Who can initiate the special education process?
  • What referral practices should you establish?
  • What roles do RTI and similar pre-referral procedures play?
  • What constitutes a comprehensive evaluation under the IDEA?
  • What rights do parents have to challenge district evaluations?
  • How should districts document the results of special education evaluations?
Recommended Audience
Who Should Attend?
  • Local Education Agencies
  • Special education teachers
  • General education teachers
  • District administrators
  • Principals
  • Assistant principals
  • Special education directors
  • Clinical staff
  • Program directors
  • School leaders
  • Teachers
  • Learning strategists
  • Literacy coaches
  • Future teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Student services directors
  • Social workers
  • Counselors
  • Behavior specialists
  • School psychologists
  • Related service providers
What's included
Training includes
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • All resources and training materials
About

Expert Presenter

Richard F. Verstegen
  • Partner with Boardman & Clark, LLP of Madison, Wisconsin
  • School Law Practice Group and Labor and Employment Group
  • Represents educational institutions in a variety of education law matters
  • Published many articles regarding education and employment law
  • Former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • Current member of the State Bar of Wisconsin
  • JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School