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NCHE Resources

Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice
This NCHE brief is designed for juvenile justice agencies and professionals (including law enforcement officers, juvenile probation officers, attorneys, juvenile court personnel, and detention facility staff), as well as State Coordinators for Homeless Education and local homeless education liaisons. It provides basic information to help educators understand the juvenile court process and explains why the McKinney- Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a critical tool for juvenile justice agencies to help homeless youth they work with to enroll and succeed in school.
Download Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice.

Other Resources Children of Incarcerated Parents
This webpage, developed by the Federal Interagency Working Group on Children of Incarcerated Parents (COIP), provides service providers, families, and caregivers with information and tools to assist them in better supporting the needs of COIP, and following the federal government's efforts regarding improving outcomes for this vulnerable population.
Visit the webpage.

Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration
This Sesame Workshop resource is a bilingual (English | Spanish) multimedia outreach initiative that provides much-needed resources to support and comfort young children (ages 38) throughout their parents' incarceration.
Visit the webpage.

National Standards for the Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses
This publication, authored by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, explores the issue of status offenses among juveniles; in particular, based on research and the recommendations from a team of experts from varying backgrounds, the publication calls for a prohibition on detention of status offenders and seeks to divert them from the delinquency system by promoting the most appropriate services for families and the least restrictive placement options for status offending youth.A status offender is a juvenile charged with or adjudicated for conduct that would not, under the law of the jurisdiction in which the offense was committed, be a crime if committed by an adult. The most common examples of status offenses are chronic or persistent truancy, running away, violating curfew laws, or possessing alcohol or tobacco.
Download National Standards for the Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses.

REACH: Connect Your Children with Education
This video from Hear Us explains the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness, with special emphasis on educating incarcerated parents on how to advocate for their children's education during periods of incarceration.
Visit the webpage.
Download the accompanying brochure.

When a Parent is Incarcerated: A Primer for Social Workers
This guide from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides information for child welfare agencies and caseworkers on working with incarcerated parents and their children. This primer aims to familiarize child welfare professionals with the impact of incarceration on children and provide child welfare and correctional systems with the information necessary to help improve permanency outcomes for children.
Visit the webpage.

Sample Forms, Materials, and Policies

Packet for Parents Facing Incarceration
This sample packet from Adrian Public Schools in Adrian, MI, provides information to assist parents facing incarceration with making appropriate arrangements for their children. Included in the packet area checklist of tasks for parents facing incarceration, a list of frequently asked questions, a blank power of attorney form, a sample completed power of attorney form, and a flyer about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education program.
Download the packet.

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The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. NCHE is housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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