McKinney-Vento & Foster Care

Is your child or someone you know currently experiencing homelessness or displacement? Contact Melissa Acevedo or the Cartwright Center for Strong Families and Thriving Children at 623-691-1994.



The McKinney-Vento Act

The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that protects and provides for children and youth who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and these circumstances are due to economic hardship or loss of housing. This includes families or unaccompanied youth living: temporarily with family or friends (doubled up), in a shelter, motel/hotel, car, campsite, park, tent, or other places not ordinarily considered a living space.

The purpose of the law is to protect the educational rights of homeless children and to remove any barriers that may be preventing them from receiving a quality education. 

Children have a right to stay in the school they were attending when they became homeless/displaced. Transportation costs are shared by the two districts: the school in attendance and the school district of residence. With McKinney Vento law, children do not need to lose their home school once the family becomes homeless/displaced.

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Foster Care

Children in foster care should remain in the school they attended before entering foster care or before a placement change (school of origin).

The transportation of a child in foster care, to their school of origin, is a shared responsibility between the LEA (public school district or public charter) and the CWA (child welfare agency).

The only reason a child in foster care would have to change schools is that it is in their best interest to go to a new school.

If it is in the best interest of a child in foster care to go to a new school, the new school would need to immediately enroll that child, even though relevant paperwork.

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Please contact Melissa Acevedo for questions regarding Foster Care or McKinney Vento resources and eligibility guidelines. She can be reached at 623-691-1984, or contact the Cartwright Center for Strong Families and Thriving Children directly at 623-691-1994. 


Please feel free to dial 211 or visit to get directly connected to community resources statewide. 

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