Homeless creates instability, but not just for adults. What about children? Imagine the emotional and physical toll that being homeless could take on a child. Like homeless adults, homeless families may live in a variety of places that include a variety of circumstances. The U.S. Department of Education established guidelines http://www.doe.in.gov/alted/homelesslinkpg.html, to help provide a reference point, or a manner of describing what populations are homeless, in addition to those living on the street. As we approaching a growing problem, it's easy to focus on the devastating impact of the circumstance. On the other hand, children do have educational rights. If you are a parent or guardian who is defined as homeless with children, what should you know?
The McKinney-Vento Act has been an important step that supports the statement that "no child should be left behind," yet many individuals in need may not even be aware of it. Homeless youth have the right to equal education, and there are resources in place to assist their parents and/or guardians.
For example, the Office of Transitory Services/ Homeless Children and Youth Program, responds to various needs of students who are identified as homeless. You may contact the office in the DC area, and learn about what assistance may be available. Please note that CVM will be partnering with the office described above, and a limited amount of numbers will be available soon, as an additional support tool. We appreciate the opportunity to expand our services, and we do hope that this proves to assist parents in staying in touch with others better.
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