Parent Mentor Program
The Parent Mentor Program supports families of children with disabilities through information and open communication. Parent mentors are parents of children with disabilities, employed on a part-time basis by the district, trained to advise, educate, and support parents regarding the many issues surrounding special education services in APS schools. The mentors participate in collaborative planning of districtwide events with the staff in the Dept. of Special Education.
APS and the Office of Family Engagement offer several programs to help support family success -- from parent mentorship and library services to food bank access and kinship care. Here you'll find quick sheets and guides to help you navigate the opportunities.Parent Support
Parent Liaison/Family Engagement Support
The Parent Liaison/Family Engagement support role is a collaborative effort to increase the Academic Achievement of students and to encourage families to support schools and to lower existing barriers to parental/family participation. They work to establish two way communication, positive relationships and maintain a mutual understanding of family engagement between school, community, and the home. They also provide support to APS Title I, Part A schools by implementing policies and coordinating programs and events to build capacity for parental involvement/engagement and ensure compliance with federal Title I, Part A regulatory guidelines.
- Assist parents with understanding Title I Part A, ESSA, school compacts, parent surveys, Parent Rights & Responsibilities, school improvement and Flexible Learning Program
- Creates opportunities to involve all parents in the education of their child
- Develops and maintains a Parent Resource Center for families to receive information that include educational opportunities and resources for home
- Plan and coordinate academic focused parent workshops with family engagement team
Parent Mentors provide the following services:
Location and Contact Information
- Support for parental concerns and questions
- Workshops for parents and educators child
- Assistance to families and educators in finding information / resources
- Recommending books, handbooks and other written informational items
- Sharing a parent's perspective on the special education process
The Department of Special Education Parent Center is located at 1890 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy, NW | Rm. 208A | Atl, GA30318
Anna Dirden, Assistant Director, Special Education, 404.802.2611
Edith Abakare, Parent Mentor, 404.802.3607
Download the quick sheet and call directory to the right for handy access to the names and numbers you need.