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ERIC Number: ED574577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
Students Living with Caregivers: Tips for Local Liaisons and School Personnel. Best Practices in Homeless Education Brief Series
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Each year, thousands of students stay with someone who serves as a caregiver, instead of living with a parent or legal guardian. The caregiver may be a relative, friend, school employee, or other individual. Some caregivers provide little to no support for youth staying with them, while others, especially with younger children, often assume more responsibility--even obtaining legal guardianship in some cases. While some caregiver living situations are considered permanent housing, others may result in students meeting the definition of "homeless children and youths" and thus being eligible for services under Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (hereafter referred to as the "McKinney-Vento Act") [42 U.S.C. § 11434a(2)], which is the primary federal law addressing the educational needs of students experiencing homelessness. Students who are homeless and who are staying with caregivers instead of parents or legal guardians face a variety of risks and challenges. This brief explores caregiver living situations and offers strategies that local homeless education liaisons (hereafter referred to as "local liaisons") and school staff can implement to ensure that these students and their caregiver families receive appropriate services.
National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE. P.O. Box 5367, 915 Northridge Street 2nd Floor, Greensboro, NC 27435. Tel: 800-755-3277; Fax: 336-315-7457; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs
Authoring Institution: National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Stewart B McKinney Homeless Assistance Act 1987