Campbell Connection Center provides wrap around services to children and youth that are living in transitional and/or homeless situations. The purpose of the program is to remove barriers that may impede the education of children and youth who are experiencing transitional living or homelessness. The primary goal of the Campbell Connection Center is to create a stable academic environment for children. The program is funded through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act
WHO ARE FAMILIES IN TRANSITION?
- Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason
- Living in motels, hotels, or camping grounds due to lack of adequate alternative
- Living in emergency shelters or transitional shelters
- Living in private or public place not meant for humans to live
- Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus, etc.
- Youth not in physical custody of their guardian or parent
WHAT DOES CAMPBELL CONNECTION CENTER DO FOR THESE FAMILIES/STUDENTS?
- The act provides a broad mandate for all school districts to remove barriers to school enrollment and retention by revising policies and practices.
- Students can remain in their school of origin ("school of origin" means the school a child attended when permanently housed or in which he/she was last enrolled).
- Students must receive transportation to their school of origin, if deemed in best interest of student/family.
- Students have a right to immediate enrollment, even if they don't have all of their paperwork - for example, medical/health records, proof of residency, former school records, immunization records.
- Students have a right to free breakfast and lunch programs.
- Communicate with families/students for assistance with grades, absences, and other needs.
- Connect families in transition/students to any service/resources needed.
- Students and their families have access to a dispute resolution process through the Kentucky Department of Education when they disagree with a school about how the McKinney-Vento Act applies in their situation.
FOSTER CARE STUDENTS:
- Protected class of students under the Every School Succeeds Act
- Right to remain in school of origin, if deemed in best interest by collaboration of Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Foster Parents, Foster Child(ren), and their school district.
- Right to free breakfast and lunch programs.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Megan VonHandorf, MSW, CSW
Campbell Connection/Families in Transition Coordinator
Foster Care POC
101 Orchard Lane Alexandria, KY 41001
Phone: 859-635-2173 Ext. 1804