Embark Georgia Newsletter 48


This newsletter features new articles and links to professional development webinars.


Embark Georgia: Updates and Announcements (Don't forget to visit our website for additional news)

The Embark Georgia statewide network serves post-secondary professionals and institutions to ensure connectivity, share best practices, and provide information exchange among youth, community based stakeholders, and K-12 education.

Save the Date!

June 7:  Webinar- Homeless Children and Youth in the Every Student Succeeds Act

Hosted by NAEHCY, this webinar will explain the new ESSA amendments on homelessness in the McKinney-Vento Act and Title I Part A, including new changes affecting students in foster care and provisions to increase academic success. 

Time: 2:00-3:00 ET

Training ID: 825-248-188

To register for the webinar, click here.

Click here to watch.

June 17: NAEHCY Scholarship Applications Due at 5 pm ET!

Every year, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth awards scholarships to students who have experienced homelessness and who have also demonstrated academic achievement. 

To apply, click here. 

Policy Brief Looks at Experiences of Former Foster Youth in Postsecondary Education

A new WISCAPE policy brief by Jacob Gross examines the characteristics and experiences of former foster youth in postsecondary education, using several years of data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS). The paper follows a WISCAPE talk on former foster youth in postsecondary education that Dr. Gross presented in March. 

Click here to view the policy brief. 

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 

What is it?  The ESSA strengthens and improves programs outlined in the McKinney-Vento Act and Title I Part A, such as assisting students experiencing homelessness with enrolling and attending school and continuing on to higher education, in order to prevent homelessness and poverty as adults. 

When does it go into effect?  The amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act go into effect on October 1, 2016, and the amendments to Title I Part A will take effect after the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Want more info?  Click here to view the NAEHCY website and find additional resources regarding the ESSA.

"Ivy League and Broke": The Reality of Low-Income Students at Elite Schools

In an article published in the Washington Post, the realities faced by low-income students receiving "full rides" to Ivy League schools are exposed. Facing struggles such as food insecurity, lack of textbooks and other resources, and an inability to participate in extra-curricular activities, students classified as "low-income" at these elite schools are at a disadvantage compared to their peers. In recent years, these Ivy League universities have taken steps to help alleviate these problems, such as providing meal vouchers and eliminating course fees for students receiving financial aid.

Click here to read the article.



Read about 

Nathaniel Brown’s journey from foster care to UGA PhD. candidate



On April 28-29, #RealCollege took place in Milwaukee, where over 150 students, policymakers, researchers, faculty, and practitioners gathered to discuss the growing problem of college housing and food insecurity. Day 1 consisted of listening to the stories of undergraduate students- including one from a student who had lived in his car and another from a mother of two that juggled college and parenting. The second day of the event involved coming up with some potential solutions such as the implementation of campus food pantries and subsidized housing. 

To read more about the event, click here for an article published by The Washington Post. 

1: They are often truly on their own.

Every year, roughly 23,000 young people "age out" of foster care once they reach the age of legal adulthood, meaning they have no permanent legal relationship with an adult guardian. 

2: Maintaining connections with friends and family can be a big help. 

When extended family members serve as foster parents, it allows young people to maintain strong family connections. In addition, foster children who have adults (like extended family members) to rely on are less likely to have any debt. 

3: Extending foster care beyond age 18 gives young people more time to grow up surrounded by supports.

Research has shown that young people who remain in care to age 21 are less likely to experience homelessness, less likely to become pregnant before age 21, and more likely to be employed and attend college compared to those who leave care at 18. 

4: New ideas on how to support young people after they leave foster care are coming up all the time.

For example, the federal Affordable Care Act extends Medicaid coverage for people aging out of foster care to age 26, which provides equal coverage to the provision that allows children to stay on their parents' health insurance until that age. 

5: We still have a lot to learn.

Although there is a growing awareness of the challenges faced by young people aging out of foster care, there is monumental lack of comprehensive federal data that could ultimately reveal the reality of these young peoples' lives as young adults. 

Former foster youth who need to apply for Amerigroup Medicaid:

apply at your local DFCS office.

If you experience problems regarding Medicaid email healthmatters@dhs.ga.gov and put the county in the subject line. 

*Did you know you can be insured until your 26th birthday? Tell a friend to tell a friend and get health insurance!*

If you are in care currently or have already applied for and received Medicaid insurance, these numbers are for you:

Georgia Families 360 Intake Line (children and youth in foster care): 1-855-661-2021

Georgia Families 360 Intake Line (former youth in foster care): 1-800-600-4441

Billing: 1-800-766-4456


We have made several updates to our Designated Point of Contact listing. Please note at the bottom right hand side of the interactive DPOC map is a link where you can download the printable list. Several versions are available for download. Please let us know if you have any questions.

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