Embark@UGA

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Embark@UGA is a campus based effort providing direct support to students who have experienced homelessness and/or foster care.  Part of a statewide network, Embark@UGA seeks to increase college access and retention for homeless or foster care youth in all University System of Georgia or Technical College System of Georgia institutions in Georgia.  By connecting with Embark@UGA, students will receive individualized support from members of the Student Care and Outreach team and connections to a resource and referral network, whose aim is to promote success and well-being in and beyond the classroom.

Definitions of homelessness and foster care are provided below to guide an understanding of what homelessness or foster care may look like.

Being homeless or at risk of homelessness may include:

  • Losing your housing
  • Sharing rooms with others
  • Sleeping on friend’s couches
  • Residing in hotels or motels not paid for by the government or charitable organization
  • Eviction
  • Lacking resources or support networks needed to obtain permanent housing
  • Persistent instability due to frequent moves

Information from

Foster Care
24-hour substitute care for children placed away from their parents or guardians and for whom the state agency has placement and care responsibility. This includes placements in foster family homes, foster homes of relatives, group homes, emergency shelters, residential facilities, childcare institutions, and preadoptive homes.

Adapted from: Federal Definition of Foster Care and Related Terms