Child Find

  • North Carolina has a continuing Child Find procedure in place to locate all children with mental, physical or emotional disabilities residing in the State, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services.


    This effort also includes highly mobile children with disabilities (such as migrant and homeless children) and children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade.  The purpose of this procedure is to enhance public understanding of exceptional children and youth with special needs, to identify and locate the children and youth, and to inform the public of available services.


    Services include a complete evaluation, an individualized education program designed specifically for the child and a referral to other agencies providing special services.


    Superintendent, Dr. Jerry Oates, and the Exceptional Children Program Director, Melissa Quinlan, encourages anyone who knows a child or youth who may have disabilities and is not receiving special assistance, to urge the parents/guardians to contact:  the superintendent, the exceptional children director, principal or the Department of Public Instruction's Exceptional Children Division.


    For more information contact:  Brunswick County Schools Exceptional Children Program at (910) 253-1059 or the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Curriculum and Instructional Services, Raleigh, North Carolina at (919) 807-3996.  Parents or guardians may call the toll-free North Carolina Department of Human Resources CARELINE at 1-800-662-7030 (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Family Support Network at 1-800-TLC-0042 or the Exceptional Children's Assistance Center Parent Info Line at 1-800-962-6817.