Child Find Procedure

  • In accordance with the federal special education law the Individuals with
    Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Vestavia Hills City School System
    must develop and implement procedures that ensure that all children within
    their jurisdiction, ages birth to twenty-one, regardless of the severity of their
    disability, and who need special education and related services are
    identified, located and evaluated. Child Find also applies to children with
    disabilities who attend private schools, including children attending religious
    schools, within the local education agency's jurisdiction, highly mobile
    children with disabilities (e.g., migrant children), homeless children, or
    children who are wards of the State and children who are suspected of
    having a disability and are in need of special education, even though they
    have not failed, been retained in a course or grade or are advancing from
    grade to grade. For more information, please contact Meredith DeFore,
    Director of the Exceptional Children's Program at (205) 402-5323 or You may also contact the State Child Find
    Agency at 1-800-543-3098 for children ages birth through two years of age.