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McKinney-Vento Program
(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.

Student Data

McKinney-Vento Department