An unaccompanied youth is a student who is not the physical custody of their parent or legal guardian; this includes young people who have run away from home, have been kicked out of their homes, or have been abandoned by parents. There is no age limit for unaccompanied youth, but these students are most often in their teens. Unaccompanied youth are protected under the McKinney-Vento Act when the student also does not have a fixed, adequate, and regular nighttime residence - click here for a definition of fixed, adequate, and regular. Without a parent or guardian to help, these students may not know about their educational rights or know how to get information about their legal protections.
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