HUY Response

Hello all!
At the Fall Workshops, we had the following question regarding whether or not we could consider a student an unaccompanied or homeless. youth.


A student is court-ordered to go to counseling AND court-ordered not to contact or visit parents during his/her stay at counseling (it is a rehabilitation-center). Would the student be considered unaccompanied in this case?

This is the response we had received from our NAEHCY expert, Cyeaka:

For this first scenario the student would be considered unaccompanied, if the court order is preventing contact, communication, etc. I can’t imagine there would be a whole lot of support going on here. However I would also look at the span of the court order, is a 30 days and the student can go back home? Did the student indicate that there is underlying issues that would prevent him/her from really ever going back home? Does the student lack fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence in the mist of all of this? Is the rehabilitation center the only place the student can call home? I know this is a lot more questions, but I would raise them to cover all the basis. If the answer is yes the student can’t go home, has no intention of returning home, has no other housing, then I would make the determination that the student is an unaccompanied homeless youth. If the student’s housing changes and the relationship stabilizes, and the student can go back home then I would make the student dependent.


Thank you all again for your participation and great questions!

For those of you going to the training on 11/05, the Diversity Committee will be offering the session once again!


College Goal Sunday Resources

This year, the CAP Committee has had a few task forces which have been working to make more customizable resources available to ILASFAA members and reach out to new audiences. While we intend on continuing these efforts if future years, I wanted to pose the following questions/requests to ILASFAA members to gauge our next steps.

1. Do you feel that the number of handouts and resources allotted to CGS sites is adequate to meet all populations (Homeless Youth, English Language Learners, etc)? If not, what type of resources do you think are most needed?

2. Does your office currently do any sort of early outreach to elementary or middle school parents? If so, do you have resources or program details you would be comfortable sharing? If not, would you be willing to contribute to discussions on early outreach and access?

3. Do you have pictures from College Goal Sunday you would like to share? If so, please send them to me at We would like to start a tradition of doing collages for College Goal Sunday this year.

If you took pictures using your smartphone, please be aware that the flashdrives provided this year do have a mini-usb portion which should plug into your phone’s charger (for some models, it seems).

Hope it’s been a great year for all!!

-Andrew V