(Families In Transition Program)
Bladen County Schools wants to meet the needs of any family that may be in a housing transition situation, and/or experiencing homelessness. If a family qualifies for the McKinney-Vento Program, we can potentially assist with various resources. These resources can include assistance with immediate enrollment at a school, uniforms, school supplies, transportation to school, and referrals to county resources.
The McKinney-Vento Act (42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.) is a federal law that addresses the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The law defines "in transition" as residing at a temporary location because of a loss of housing due to economic hardship, or a similar reason. Temporary living situations can include:
- Living with a friend, relative or other person due to loss of housing
Hotel or motel
Shelter or transitional housing
Car, park or other public place
Campground or inadequate home
Youth living on their own, runaway youth or youth kicked out
The McKinney-Vento Act addresses educational challenges created by being in transition and guarantees students the right to enroll, attend, and succeed in school.
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Rights
McKinney-Vento legislation defines unaccompanied youth as a youth in a homeless situation who is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. Unaccompanied homeless youth include young people:
who have run away from home
been thrown out of the home, and/or
been abandoned by parents or guardians.