Child Find is a foundation component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
IDEA Child Find requires every state to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities, from birth to their 22nd birthday, who need Early Intervention or special education and related services. IDEA requires Child Find evaluation regardless of the severity of the child’s disability, whether the child attends private or public school, or if a child is experiencing homelessness.
It is important to “find” children who may need services and reach them early because research tells us that children with disabilities do better across their lives when they receive help early.
Pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (20 U.S.C. §§ 1400 et. seq) and relevant state law, OCSA is responsible for identifying, locating, and evaluating children enrolled at OCSA with known or suspected disabilities to determine whether a need for special education and related services exists. This includes children with disabilities who are homeless or are wards of the State.
If you know of a child who has a disability or that you suspect may have a disability, you may refer that child’s parent or guardian to OCSA's Special Services at 714.560.0900 Ext. 3218. Please note: All referrals are considered confidential. The parent, legal guardian, or surrogate parent retains the right to refuse services and other procedural safeguards under federal and state law.