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Information on support programs for Children.

Funds for programs related to youths. It staffs the Council for Children’s Services, a combined council of the Youth Services Commission (YSC) and the County Interagency Coordinating Council for Children (CIACC), facilitates Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) services for juveniles linked with the Family Court and facilitates training workshops and conferences that provide professionals, consumers, and family members with information regarding mental health and related children's services. The Division maintains a liaison relationship with the NJ State Juvenile Justice Commission.
McKinney Vento
The McKinney Vento program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, State Educational agencies (SEAs) must ensure that each homeless children and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth.
Homeless children and youth should have access to the educational and other services that they need to enable them to meet all the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held.  In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment. States and districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth.
The McKinney Vento act defines “homeless children and youth” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The term includes –
• Children and youth who are:
- sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason (sometimes referred to doubled-up);
- living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
- living in emergency shelters or transitional shelters;
- abandoned in hospitals   
       •    Children and youth who have a primary night-time residence that is a 
             public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular
             sleeping accommodation for human beings;
       •   Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned
             building, substandard housing, bus or train station, or similar settings; and
       •   Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in
            circumstances described above.
All questions should be directed to your local school district homeless liaison. Below you will find two hyperlinks that provide further information on McKinney Vento
McKinney Vento & Forms
Guide for parents

October 12, 2018
The hyperlinks below will take you to the presentations given during this days training
The Empowered Educator: 3 Secrets to Success and Happiness
Mobile Family Success Center and FSC Network
Crisis Intervention
November 30 2018
The hyperlinks below will take you to the presentations given during this days training

March 15, 2019
The hyperlinks below will take you to the presentations given during this days training
The Division of Children’s Services supports the administration of Children’s Mental Health:
• Assisting in identifying the behavioral health care needs for children up to age 21.
• Assisting young adults ages 18-21 with service histories through the Division of Child Protection & Permanency (DCP&P), the Children's System of Care (CSOC), and the Juvenile Justice System (JJS), in moving to the adult system.
• Providing information and referral to consumers and families regarding the continuum of care for children with special emotional and behavioral issues.

The Middlesex County Division of Children's Services merges the functions of the Youth Services Commission (YSC) and the County Interagency Children’s Coordinating Council (CIACC) to ensure the delivery of comprehensive services for Middlesex County’s children. The Council focuses on identification, planning and oversight of programs that provide children’s behavioral healthcare services; programs for juveniles charged or adjudicated as delinquent; and delinquency prevention programs.
Related links 
·        NAMI New Jersey
·        GAINS Center
·        National Empowerment Center
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