This workshop provides an overview of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This act focuses on ensuring that highly mobile children and youths have the same education options as their peers. In addition to protecting individuals considered homeless, the needs of those waiting for a foster care placement are also addressed. Sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to prevent it in the first place. Through this training you will learn strategies to prevent problems from arising in the first place through documentation and letter writing. It will inform parents of their other options when disagreements arise and cover the resolution processes included in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This training will be provided by MPACT.  This course is worth 2 credit training hours. 


Director of Training

Joe Yearns

Joe Yearns is the Director of Training at FosterAdopt Connect. As a child of generational abuse, Joe knew two things. First, he wanted and loved kids. Second, he realized, that kids need to be parented differently than he was. After ten years in the finance industry, building training and quality assurance measures for corporations, he and his husband, Clayton, fostered and eventually adopted four children. Clayton and Joe were one of the first same-sex couples in Jackson County, Missouri, to have a single adoption from foster care. In addition to raising their youngest boys, Joe is actively involved in foster care advocacy and working with their local school district to ensure the voices of children impacted by foster care are being heard. Currently, Joe and his family reside in Raymore, MO, where they actively contribute to the development of their community.

Alisha Ogden

Course curriculum

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    • Zoom Link

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    • MPACT- McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Overviiw and Disagreement Resolution - Survey