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PEATC, Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center
Assisting families of children with special needs since 1978
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Family Participation Under the Law

The intent and purpose of the law is to create a system of care that is child centered, family focused and community based. Families play an active role in developing all aspects of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).

  • Families are consulted each step of the way during assessments, planning and implementation of the plan.
  • Families share their knowledge to help teams understand what is the best way to meet their needs.
  • Each Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT) and each Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) is required to have a member who is a parent and who brings the parent and family perspective to the team.
  • Every service plan developed by the Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) must have the approval of the parent(s) before it is carried out, unless a court of law orders the services.

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Content on this site was produced, in part, with grant funds from the U.S. Department of Education, under CFDA # 84.328M, #84.310A, and #84.235F. The content herein does not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Education, any other agency of the U.S. government, or any other source.

PEATC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to building positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Our special focus is children with disabilities. You can reach PEATC by calling 703-923-0010 (Voice/TTY), or sending an e-mail to

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