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timeline, such as 30 days, for the lead agency or other public agency to identify and assign a surrogate parent. Other commenters expressed concern that significant delays will result in cases where a surrogate parent must be appointed in order to provide consent.

Discussion: We agree that a timeline to assign a surrogate parent should be included in these regulations and have

changed §303.422 to require a lead agency to make

reasonable efforts to ensure that a surrogate parent is assigned not more than 30 days after the public agency determines that a child needs a surrogate parent. Given that the development of infants and toddlers quickly changes, identifying a surrogate parent in a timely manner is important to a child, prevents undue delays, and aids the effective implementation of the requirements of this part. Additionally, a 30-day time frame to identify a surrogate parent is consistent with 34 CFR 300.519(h) of the Part B regulations and establishes a timeframe in which a surrogate parent must be appointed, thus preventing undue

delays. We have revised §303.422 accordingly.

Changes: We have added paragraph §303.422(g) to require

that the lead agency make reasonable efforts to ensure that a surrogate parent is assigned not more than 30 days after a public agency determines that the child needs a surrogate