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McKinney-Vento / Homeless Youth

Foster Youth Services

Homeless children and youth face many educational barriers due to the disruption and trauma of not having a fixed, regular, and adequate place to live. Most face educational disruption due to changing schools as they move from one temporary location to another. Homeless children and youth also have higher incidences of illness, depression, and exposure to violence than their stably housed peers. Many homeless youth are also unaccompanied, meaning they are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. Being both homeless and unaccompanied leaves youth fending for themselves in a world where they are vulnerable to a myriad of potentially life-threatening dangers and temptations. For all these reasons, school can often be the one place of stability, safety, and support in the tumultuous lives of these students.

Local educational agencies (LEAs) are instrumental in ensuring the rights and services guaranteed in the McKinney-Vento Act implemented throughout school districts. All LEAs must follow the requirements of the McKinney-Vento Act, whether or not they have a McKinney-Vento subgrant.


To report suspected Child Abuse, call 1-800-331-1585.




Tulare County Office of Education
Foster Youth Services
Beth Wilshire, Coordinator
6200 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277 · · phone: (559) 730-2910, ext.5131· · fax: (559) 730-2511