Connecting Schools and Displaced Students Brief Series
Meeting the Educational Needs of Students Displaced by Disasters: Youth on Their Own
During a disaster, youth may be separated from their parents or guardians. Parents who have lost their homes may place youth temporarily with friends or relatives; or youth may be separated from their parents during an emergency evacuation. Additionally, some youth could be on their own before a disaster occurs. Unaccompanied youth who lack a caring adult to link them with supports and resources may have many unmet needs and not know how to seek help during a time of disaster.