A Search For All Children
What is Child Find?
Child Find is the process of identifying, locating and evaluating children with disabilities who may be in need of special education and related services.
Why is there Child Find?
Both state and local education agencies are given the responsibility by federal and state laws to conduct child find activities so that children who need special services have the opportunity to receive those services.
What is the purpose of Child Find?
- To promote public awareness of disabilities
- To alert parents, professionals, and the public to children who may have special needs
- To assist school districts in finding children who may have disabilities and who otherwise may not have come to their attention
- To enable children and families to receive the special education and related services that are needed
Who can help?
Parents, relatives, public and private agency employees, and concerned citizens are used to help school districts find any child, age birth-21, who may have a disability and need special education and related services. If you are aware of a child who may have special needs, please notify his/her school district. Schools can do their job better with your help.
If you know a child may have special needs, help is available. Call your local school district or your area Special Education Regional Resource Center (SERRC) at 419-833-6771.
The sooner we know, the better it goes for every child.