Every Local Educational Agency (LEA) must designate a liaison for children and youth experiencing homelessness who is able to carry out their duties under the law [42 U.S.C. §11432(g)(1)(J)(ii)]. The McKinney-Vento Act requires liaisons to ensure that “homeless children and youths are identified by school personnel through outreach and coordination with other entities and agencies” [42 U.S.C. §11432(g)(6)(A)(i)]. The purpose of identification is to provide support and offer appropriate services to the family, child and/or youth. Coordination with schools, local social services agencies, and other agencies or entities providing services to homeless children and youth and their families is an essential identification strategy, as are professional development, awareness and training activities within school buildings, LEAs, and the community. See [42 U.S.C. §11432(g)(5)(A)(i)].
IDOE state coordinators’ contact information:
Flora Jones, Director of Student Pathways & Opportunities
Charie Gibson, Homeless Education Specialist
RESC liaison coordinator's contact information:
Kathy Moore, RESC Counselor/Social Worker K-7
Telephone: 765-964-6430, ext. 2135