Students & Families in Transition
(Experiencing Homelessness, Foster Care and Justice-Involved)
The Office of Student Services Students & Families in Transition program promotes a seamless transition into and between schools for CCS students who are experiencing homelessness as well as those involved with the foster care or juvenile justice systems. Students are provided wraparound support and assistance with removing barriers throughout the duration of their transition.
WHAT WE DO
Columbus City Schools offers specific support for students who are involved in the foster care, juvenile justice system, and/or experiencing homelessness. Dedicated district liaisons assist by ensuring the educational rights of students for whom the district is responsible.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act are the guideposts for services provided. Staff determine a family's eligibility for services. Staff works with the parents/caregivers, schools, community agencies, and surrounding school districts to ensure every student in transition can succeed in school.
Program staff provide assistance with:
- School selection and enrollment
- School supplies
- Addressing barriers affecting school attendance and full participation
- Obtaining necessary documents such as birth certificates, school and medical records
- Dispute resolutions (credit review and verification)
- Best Interest Determination (BID) - to determine the appropriate school option
- IEP/504 support
- Transcript/credit review and verification
- Collaborate with local child protection agencies
Department of Student Services
Office of Student Assistance
Central Enrollment Center
430 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
Supervisor - Student & Families in Transition
Foster Care Liaison
Justice-Involved Youth Liaison