SURROGATE PARENT GUIDELINES§ 300.519 Surrogate parents.
(a) General. Each public agency must ensure that the rights of a child are protected when— (1) No parent (as defined in § 300.30) can be identified;
(2) The public agency, after reasonable efforts, cannot locate a parent; (3) The child is a ward of the State under the laws of that State; or
(4) The child is an unaccompanied homeless youth as defined in section 725(6) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11434a(6)).