Advocacy for Kids

Special Education Advocates


We believe in the idea of collaboration, and weave that through the process as we build our relationships with both our clients and the schools.


Our work is driven by data, not emotion. We will help you learn to channel your emotions into concrete action steps to help your child.


We understand your child’s rights. Our extensive training, hands-on experience, ongoing professional development, leads to results.

Meet Our Team

Laurie Markus - Principal Advocate

Laurie Markus

Principal Advocate

Laurie B. Markus, Esq. is a special education advocate who works with parents and families throughout Connecticut in securing educational rights for their children with disabilities. Laurie educates families with varied information and tools they need to play an active role in their quest to have their child’s needs productively met. She helps families navigate through the special education process while maintaining an atmosphere of team effort with the school system by clear and respectful communication.

Laurie’s background as an attorney, and her decision to practice as an advocate in the spirit of collaboration, brings a unique skill set to Advocacy for Kids. In addition to her varied work vigilantly advocating for children with special needs in school districts throughout the State, Laurie has completed coursework related to special education advocacy and has also been extensively trained by well regarded clinicians on proven advocacy strategies and effective programming for children with disabilities. Laurie is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, the Council of Exceptional Children, Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, and the Fairfield Special Education Parent Teacher Association. Laurie is also a member of Special Education Equity for Kids of CT ( SEEK is a group of attorneys, advocates, and parents focused on positive educational outcomes for children with disabilities who intend to play an essential role in influencing policy discussion and in shaping legislative efforts on behalf of students with disabilities in Connecticut.

Laurie graduated with a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Brandeis University, and has a JD from Emory University School of Law. Prior to entering the field of advocacy, Laurie practiced law as both a criminal and civil litigator, and is a member of the Florida, New York and Connecticut Bar Associations. She resides with her husband, son and daughter in Fairfield, Connecticut.


Kristin Berry - Special Education Advocate

Kristin Berry

Special Education Advocate

Kristin Berry is a professional Non-Attorney Special Education Advocate who has been assisting Connecticut families in securing appropriate educational services for their children with disabilities since 2007. She combines her advocacy experience with the education she gained from completing Special Education Advocacy Training (SEAT). SEAT was a year-long course funded by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services awarded to the University of Southern California, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA). The training provided for extensive classroom instruction by an attorney and an advocate and a practicum in a special education law firm. Kristin completed her practicum with Andrew Feinstein, Esq. of the Feinstein Education Law Group. She also completed Wrightslaw’s Special Education Law & Advocacy Training. As the parent of a child with disabilities, she also understands the process from a personal perspective. Kristin is also an executive board member of Special Education Equity for Kids of CT ( SEEK is a group of attorneys, advocates, and parents focused on positive educational outcomes for children with disabilities who intend to play an essential role in influencing policy discussion and in shaping legislative efforts on behalf of students with disabilities in Connecticut.

Kristin received her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Saint Michaels College in 1993 and lives with her husband, two sons, a daughter and two dogs in Fairfield, CT.


Do You Need An Advocate?


Is your child having academic, behavioral, or social difficulties and you don’t know the best way to communicate with his school? Is your child eligible for special education services and you don’t know if her needs are being met? There are concrete steps you can take to ensure that your child is getting the help he or she may need. That’s where we can help.

Advocacy for Kids will:

  • Empower you with the information and strategies you need to have productive and positive conversations with your child’s school
  • Help you understand what your child’s educational rights are, and
  • Teach you how to work with the school in a non-adversarial way to develop a plan that addresses your child’s individual needs.

We look forward to working with you as we advocate together for your child.

Most importantly, we will help you develop a solid working relationship with your child’s school. Our end goal? To get you to a point where you are comfortable and confident advocating for your child on your own.

The truth is…no one knows your child better than you and that makes you a vital member of your child’s team.

Services & Fees


Our services may include:

  • Complete educational record review
  • Preparation for Eligibility Meetings, Annual Reviews, and other school meetings
  • Advocacy Services at IEP and 504 meetings
  • Review of IEP and strategies to track implementation
  • Parent Coaching in preparation for meetings
  • Assistance with requesting evaluations from your child’s school
  • Letter Writing
  • Referrals for legal representation
  • Referrals to private evaluators, therapists, and community resources

Our fee for an initial, hour-long consultation is $250.00.

Payment of $800.00 for four hours of advocacy support is required prior to delivery of services, if families choose to access our support after the initial consultation.

Any additional work beyond four hours will be discussed in advance, and billed at our hourly rate of $200.00. Payments are due to Advocacy for Kids fifteen days after receipt of our monthly bill.

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