McKinney Vento and Foster Care
What is McKinney Vento Act?
The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that ensures the right of students to go to school even when they are homeless or don’t have a permanent address. The Act aims to reduce barriers that have prevented many homeless youth from enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Per the McKinney-Vento Act a student is considered “homeless” or in “transitional housing” if they lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. If you believe you child can get help under the McKinney Vento Act, please contact your school counselor for more information. Visit the Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth website at https://www.theotx.org/ for more information.
What is Foster Care?
When the court give temporary legal possession to Child Protective Services and that agency temporarily places these children in foster care. This situation occur after determine that children can’t live safely at home and an appropriate non-custodial parent, relative, or close family friend is currently unable or unwilling to care for them.
REPORTING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT- If you suspect child abuse and/or neglect, you must make a report by calling 1-800-252-5400 or visiting www.txabusehotline.org
Call 911 if it is an emergency (An emergency is a situation where a child faces an immediate risk of abuse or neglect that could result in death or serious harm.)