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Michigan McKinney-Vento Toolkit

Current education law, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento), has been providing education stability for some children in out-of-home care.

A relatively new child welfare law, the Fostering
Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (Fostering Connections), now also supports education stability for all children in out-of-home care. Both laws recognize the need for school stability and continuity for these highly mobile children. However, each provides a different set of rights and responsibilities. The McKinney-Vento and Foster Care Overlap fact sheet provides a brief overview of the overlap between the two laws, and the critical importance of collaboration between the education and child welfare systems to appropriately serve the needs of children in out-of-home care.

This toolkit is designed to assist you in understanding current laws as well as student rights. In additon you will find relevant contact information to the right as well the contact information below for Pam Kies-Lowe. 

Click the the attachments to the right  and links below to learn more about how to better serve the educational needs of the youth you serve!

For additional information on McKinney-Vento, contact Pam Kies-Lowe.

Pamela K. Kies-Lowe
Homeless Education Consultant/State Coordinator for Homeless Education
Michigan Department of Education
Office of Field Services, Special Populations Unit
608 W. Allegan St.
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909
Phone:  517-373-6066
Fax:  517-335-2886


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