Embark Georgia Newsletter 59



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.

Legislation Introduced to Help Homeless and Foster Youth in Higher Education


In the most recent episode of The Annie E. Casey Foundation's CaseyCast, Rafael López talks about America's growing foster care population and its relation to our child welfare system. López, the managing director of Accenture's health and public services practice, discusses with Casey's Lisa Hamilton the various aspects of the welfare system today and how we can transform the system into a better service for children and families. Click HERE to listen to the full podcast.

National Postsecondary Support Map

Click here to check out Foster Success Michigan's visual map of several resources related to education and support programs for students experiencing foster care.



READ: Important Changes to FAFSA 2017-2018

There are two important changes to the FAFSA for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Students can submit a FAFSA earlier. Starting on October 1, 2016, students will be able to complete their FAFSA application as early as October 1st every year.
  • Students will use earlier tax information. Instead of using tax returns from the previous year to complete their FAFSA application, students will use tax information from 2 years prior. (For example, for the 2017-2018 application, students will use information from 2015).

"HUD Homelessness Policy: One Young Family's Experience"

Click here to read about a young woman's experience in unsafe housing and how the HUD Homelessness Policy affected her access to the resources and support she needed.

"Hidden in Plain Sight"

Homeless Students in America's Public Schools

Click here for a special report on the facts and insights to student homelessness. This report also covers the challenges students and liaisons in the homelessness community often face in order to achieve academic success.

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

Visit Embark Website for more information and the ability to download printable versions of the DPOC listings.
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The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development
– a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia – is dedicated to strengthening communities, organizations, and individuals through leadership development, training, and education.

Embark Georgia is located at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.
David Meyers and Lori Tiller are the network directors. Our offices are located at 

1240 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA 30605

You may contact us by calling 706-542-1108 or emailing  EMBARK@fanning.uga.edu
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