Parent Partners Program Application


Request for Parent Partner – Apply below

The purpose of the Parent Partner Program is to empower parents/caregivers to successfully navigate their IEP or 504 Plan meeting in order to improve educational outcomes for their child.  Attending school meetings alone can be intimidating and overwhelming.  If you’d like someone to guide you through the process, to provide support at your meeting, and to take notes, a Parent Partner volunteer can help.

Parent Partner volunteers have received training provided by Evanston CASE and the Moran Center for Youth Advocacy.  Partners have also had personal experience with the special education system.


  1. Fill out an application for a Parent Partner. Submit at least two weeks, in advance of your scheduled school meeting to allow for the availability of a Partner.
  2. You will be informed about your acceptance for the service, or given a referral to an alternate resource within 48 hours after processing your application.
  3. You will be matched with a Parent Partner volunteer based on your individual needs.
  4. After matching you with a Parent Partner volunteer, you will receive a phone call from your Parent Partner to schedule a pre-meeting planning session.

Please note…

Partners have volunteered to attend 1-2 meetings with a caregiver.  Additional meetings will be considered on a case by case basis.  If you would like to utilize the program in future meetings, you must reapply.  We cannot guarantee that you will be matched with the same Parent Partner for future meetings.

Parent Partners are not professional advocates or attorneys.  They cannot offer legal advice or speak on your behalf.

Your name (required)

Mailing address (required)

Your email (required)

Cell phone number (required)

Other phone number

What is the best way to reach you?
 Cell phone Text Other phone E-mail

What is the best time to reach you?
 Morning Afternoon Evening

Student's name:

Your relationship to student (e.g., mother, father, grandmother, guardian):

Are you the legal guardian of the student?
 Yes No

Does the student live with you?
 Yes No

Student's birthday:

Student's current school and grade:

Does the student currently have an Individualized Education Plan ("IEP")?
 Yes No Not sure

Does the student currently have a "504 Plan"?
 Yes No Not sure

Are there any school meetings about the student scheduled at this point?
 Yes No Not sure

If so, what is the date/time of your meeting?

Please describe “where” you are in the special education process (for example, requesting an IEP, scheduled for a domain meeting, transitioning, trying to obtain therapeutic placement, responding to a disciplinary action, etc.)

What is the student's disability:

What are you hoping a Parent Partner can assist you with?

How did you learn about about the Parent Partners program?
 Flyer Friend Evanston CASE Moran Center Other

For purposes of the grant that is funding the Parent Partners Program, Evanston CASE and the Moran Center must report demographic data. Accordingly, kindly respond to the following questions:

What is your race/ethnicity?
 African American Latinx Caucasian Other

Is your family eligible for "free or reduced lunch"?
 Yes No

Evanston CASE will process your application and get back to you. We will match you with a Parent Partner if we think the program can properly assist you. If not, we will gladly provide you with a referral.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Evanston CASE at or (847) 556-8676