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(a) Each district shall establish and implement written procedures for the identification of children who are entitled to the appointment of a surrogate parent, and for the appointment and removal of surrogate parents. A child is entitled to a surrogate parent if the child meets the criteria of (b) of this section and
(1) the child is 3 through 17 years of age; or
(2) the child is 18 through 21 years of age and has been adjudicated incompetent by a court.
(b) A child is entitled to a surrogate parent if
(1) the district cannot identify a parent of the child;
(2) the district, exercising reasonable diligence cannot locate at least one person acting as a parent of the child;
(3) the district locates one or more persons acting as a parent of the child, but each person affirmatively disclaims responsibility for the child's educational program and relinquishes it in writing to a surrogate parent; or
(c) For each child entitled to a surrogate parent, the district in which the child resides shall, on a form provided by the department, appoint a person meeting the qualifications set out in 4 AAC 52.600 for a surrogate parent.
(d) In appointing a surrogate parent under (c) of this section, a district shall give preference to a member of the child's immediate or extended family, or family friend over a person having no prior involvement with the child.
(e) Repealed 11/26/93.
(f) The educational placement of a child who has been identified by the district as entitled to a surrogate parent may not be changed until 10 days after appointment of a surrogate parent.
History: Eff. 7/1/83, Register 86; am 11/26/93, Register 128; am 8/22/2001, Register 159; am 3/31/2002, Register 161
Authority: AS 14.07.060
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