North Carolina has a continuing Child Find procedure in place to locate all children with 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.

Martin County Schools encourages anyone who has knowledge of a child or youth who may have a disability to contact Lisa Bowen, Exceptional Children Program Director, at 252-792-1575.

Child Find Poster

Child Find Brochure

Resources for Parents:

  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction: Exceptional Children Division (age 3-21): 919-807-3969

  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – Local Children’s Developmental Services Agency

  • Division of Public Health/Early Intervention (age birth-2): 919-707-5520

  • Office of Citizen Services – CARE-LINE: 1-800-662-7030 or (TTY) 1-877-452-2514

  • Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center – Parent Information Line: 1-800-962-6817

  • Family Support Network of North Carolina: 1-800-852-0042