BCW Parent Rights

Know Your Parental Rights in BCW

Parents of children with a developmental delay or disability have special rights stated in the federal law called Individualized with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If your child has a delay or disability, your parental rights include:

  • The right to accept or decline some or all services from the BCW program
  • The right to be informed of your rights
  • The right to provide informed written consent before any information about your child or family is shared between service providers
  • The right to provide informed written consent before services begin
  • The right to have your records kept private and confidential
  • The right to review and make changes to records about your child and family at any time
  • The right to request, be present at and take part in meetings about your child and family
  • The right to make a formal complaint about services for your child
  • The right to know to whom to make a written complaint and receive an answer to that complaint within 60 days
  • The right to have your family's priorities and concerns addressed
  • The right to have a designated staff member to support and facilitate your services
  • The right to guide the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  • The right to the following services at no cost to you:
    • Developmental evaluation to determine eligibility
    • Help with transition planning before your child turns three and leaves BCW
    • The right to have an advocate, friend or interpreter present at any or all contacts with service providers
    • The right to receive written notice before there is a change in services. The written notice should include what and why the change is being proposed or denied.

Parents have the right to pursue the dispute resolution process if they feel as if their rights have been violated. The BCW Formal Dispute Resolution Request form below can be completed electronically and emailed, faxed or mailed to:

Email:   BCWstatecomplaints@dph.ga.gov

Fax:      404-657-2773 

Mail:    Babies Can’t Wait 

             2 Peachtree St NW 

             11th Floor 

              Atlanta, GA 30303 

             Attn: State Complaints 

Resources 

BCW Formal Dispute Resolution Request form

Page last updated: 12/23/20