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In Georgia, parent mentors typically work 20 hours a week during the school year at a competitive salary, which can vary according to the school system’s salary scales and local economic conditions.
The budget for a parent mentor should include the mentor’s salary, travel, office supplies and an appropriate work space. Some systems offer benefits as well.
Georgia local school systems may apply for additional state IDEA funding to support the parent mentor position. The local school system is expected to match the state allocation with funding and in-kind support.
Special education directors must follow local school system hiring procedures to create a new position, including approval of the Superintendent.
Local systems develop a job description so the position can be advertised.
The Parent Mentor is a parent or guardian of a child with a disability who is currently or has previously received special education related services through an IEP.
If you are a parent interested in requesting a program for your local school district:
Step 1. Contact your school district Special Education Director to ask about starting a program.
Step 2. Contact Anne Ladd, Family Engagement Specialist with the Georgia Department of Education Division of Special Education by calling 404-657-7328 or emailing
If you are a special education director inquiring about starting a program for your school district:
Step 1. Contact Anne Ladd, Family Engagement Specialist with the Georgia Department of Education Division of Special Education by calling 404-657-7328 or emailing