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Division of Family and Children Services: EPAC and ILP Support Programs for Youth in Foster Care. Presenter : Kyle Berry, EPAC Program Manager & Gary Frazier, ILS Presentation to : College Connections for Student Success Conference Date : February 18-19, 2014.
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Division of Family and Children Services: EPAC and ILP Support Programs for Youth in Foster Care
Kyle Berry, EPAC Program Manager & Gary Frazier, ILS
College Connections for Student Success Conference
Date: February 18-19, 2014
Georgia Department of Human Services
Stronger Families for a Stronger Georgia.
Strengthen Georgia by providing Individuals and Families access to services that promote self-sufficiency, independence, and protect Georgia's vulnerable children and adults.
IEP or 504
Suspended or Expelled
Multiple School Transfers
Failing Standardized Tests
5,013 School-Aged Foster Youth (K-12)
Reading below Grade Level
At the end of Federal Fiscal Year 2013, 87% (4,362) of GA foster youth had been referred to and served by EPAC.
The EPAC Unit provides comprehensive academic support services focusing on improving educational outcomes and the academic achievement of children and youth, ages 5 to 17 in the custody of Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. EPAC services are supported through TANF funding and are initiated through case manager or CPS referrals. Upon initial placement into foster care, children and youth are referred to EPAC for a comprehensive diagnostic educational assessment and subsequently, are monitored for ensuring adequate academic progress.
EPAC currently has 14 Education Support Monitors (ESMs) who manage educational services for all school aged youth in care. ESMs are assigned regionally to provide individualized case consultation and to assist case managers in linking children and youth to local education support services, while adhering to local school district policies and procedures. Additionally, EPAC is responsible for procuring educational services from either within the community, local education agencies or EPAC program assigned.
During this current fiscal year, EPAC has contracted with over 230 certified Georgia Teachers who provide specific, one-on-one academic support.
What is the primary purpose of the Georgia SHINES and SLDS connection?
What are the benefits?
DHS Policy 10.13 – Education Stability
When a child has been identified as a Homeless and/or Unaccompanied Youth, the following procedure will be followed by the Division of Family and Children Services In-take Officer(s).
Educational Stability transportation funds should be used to support the practice of ensuring foster children and youth remain in their home school/school of origin as part of Educational Stability
Age of child/youth
Location of placement and distance from school of origin
Child/youth’s physical and cognitive abilities
Child/youth’s developmental abilities
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The State of Georgia recognized that without appropriate services, planning and support, our youth would not have a successful transition foster care. Our youth showed higher rates of homelessness, unemployment, poverty, delinquent or criminal behaviors and dependence on various types of public assistance.
In response, the State of Georgia implemented the standards and support of the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) which provided states with greater funding to prepare foster youth for the transition to adulthood.
Is to provide eligible youth with opportunities to successfully prepare for adulthood, by providing appropriate resources and connections with community partners.
Our program comprise of six outcome measures targeting:
These outcomes assess our performance in the delivery of services and support to ensure successful transitions.
A total of 2588 youth were eligible to receive ILP services. Out of the 2588, 2385 youth or young adults in and out of foster care received ILP services/support.
Some ways youth can be supported using ILP funds. This is not an extensive list. Specific monetary limits are based upon availability of funds and the specific needs of the youth.
This past school year, the GA Division of Family and Children Services had 35
college youth graduate as well as 264 General Education Development (GED) and high school youth.