Embark Georgia Newsletter 60



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.

Form Your Future is an organization that is dedicated to navigating students through the often complicated FAFSA process. They clarify who should fill out FAFSA and why it is important that they do, and provide downloads that help guide through the forms step-by-step.

Form Your Future is also about spreading the word about the aid potential of FAFSA, and even provides toolkits for instructors and other supportive adults to organize FAFSA completion events.

Check them out here!


Legislation Introduced to Help Homeless and Foster Youth in Higher Education

On 9/12/2017, two bills were introduced in Congress to help homeless and foster youth transition successfully to higher education and receive the financial aid and other supports they need to complete their degrees.


The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act (HEASHFY)

The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act (HEASHFY), is sponsored by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) in the U.S. Senate, and by U.S. Representatives Katherine Clark (D-5th/MA), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-8th-IL/), and Don Young (R At Large/AK) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation amends the Higher Education Act and improves outreach, resources, and policies for homeless and foster youth by:

  • Streamline the application and verification process for financial aid for homeless unaccompanied youth;
  • Have colleges and universities designate single points of contact to assist homeless and foster youth access and complete higher education and connect them with resources;
  • Have colleges and universities develop a plan to assist homeless and foster youth to access housing resources during and between academic terms


The Fostering Success in Higher Education Act of 2017 (FSHEA)

In addition, The Fostering Success in Higher Education Act of 2017, sponsored by U.S. Representative Danny K. Davis (D-7th/IL) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and by U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) in the U.S. Senate, authorizes a new grant program in the Higher Education Act administered by the US Department of Education to provide $150 million a year in formula grants to states, tribes, and territories to:

  • Establish or expand transitions between K-12 and higher education for foster and homeless youth, including summer bridge programs, through statewide initiatives; and
  • Develop “institutions of excellence” committed to serving foster and homeless youth from entrance to completion via robust support services and by covering the remaining cost of attendance beyond federal and state grants

Read more here!


HRC’s Ellen Kahn Talks Better Services for LGBTQ Youth in Care

“Most of us need education. We don’t know that much about what it’s like to be LGBTQ. We don’t know what our kids are facing…”

In America today, too many young people end up in foster care after being rejected by their families because of their gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation. Recently, Ellen Kahn spoke to CaseyCast’s Lisa Hamilton about why LGBTQ youth are disproportionately overrepresented in foster care, what challenges these youth face, how agencies and families can step up their support, and more.

Listen to the Podcast here!

Some highlights of what you will learn in this episode include:

  • The three main challenges the LBGTQ youth face
  • Ways to support LGBTQ youth and their families of origin
  • Why better assessments are needed for LGBTQ youth
  • The unique role that LGBTQ adults can play in supporting LGBTQ youth
  • How to work with child welfare agencies to help meet the needs of LGBTQ youth

FoCus-Ed Research Collaborative:

Foster Care Alumni Success in Education 

Working Together to Improve Access and Outcomes for Foster Care Alumni in Higher Education 

Upcoming Webinars

Creating Community among Foster Care Alumni on College Campuses

Presented by Deborah Lowe Martinez, J.D., & Zefora Ortiz

University of California, Berkeley


12 pm PST/3 pm EST

Using a Trauma-Informed Approach in the Design and Delivery of On-Campus Support Programs for Foster Care Alumni

Presented by Christine Norton, PhD, LCSW

Texas State University, San Marcos


12 pm PST/3 pm EST

To register, please email Jennifer Geiger at geigerj@uic.edu


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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– 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.
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