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Family and Community Liaisons

Family & Community Partnership Liaison Program

THE LIAISON'S ROLE

Family and Community Liaisons are employees of the ESCWR that works with districts in Geauga and Lake Counties to assist school staff, students and their families.  It is the liaison’s role to serve as a link between families and schools, and to broker community resources that offer a network of support.  

THE HISTORY The liaison program is a no-cost service for schools, students and their families that was made possible by federal funding known as the CARES Act in 2020.  Currently, the liaison program is being funded by ESSER funds and has been extended through 2024 in partnership with the ODE and The Ohio State University.  Since the program has been such a success, a second liaison has been hired in order to more adequately accommodate the service area.  This expansion has allowed for additional supports to be present including working with families, community programming opportunities and tutoring, and projects with ODE and The Ohio State University.  

How does the Liaison Support Students & Families?

  • Provides information about school and community resources and links families to them
  • Attends school conferences/meetings with students and their families
  • Assists parents/caregivers in completing paperwork or forms
  • Encourages and arranges for communication between you and your district staff
  • Encourages parent/caregiver involvement
  • Provides educational workshops for parents and caregivers

How do Students & Families Access Services?

Our liaisons receive referrals by school staff, community partners or by self-referrals from families. After the referral is made the liaison will assist the student and their family by connecting them with our community partners in both counties to provide services tailored their individual needs.  

SCHOOL ROLE
  • The school will identify students in need & make referrals to the liaison
  • Collaborate with liaison to plan supports in and out of school
  • Monitor student’s success; collaborate with liaison for ongoing support
 
STUDENTS & FAMILIES ROLE
  • Assist in needs assessment
  • Engage in services provided by liaison and/or community partners
  • Communicate with liaison on progress or possible barriers
 
COMMUNITY PARTNERS ROLE
  • Provide services to student and their families to meet their basic needs, outside of school supports, and/or mental health
 
LIAISON'S ROLE
  • Will work with school staff, community partners or student and their family to determine their needs
  • Connect student and their family with appropriate supports in and out of the school
 service delivery model

CONTACT US

TO MAKE A REFERRAL OR GET HELP

Abby Begeman is pictured
GEAUGA COUNTY
Abby M. Begeman
Family & Community Liaison
(440) 350-2563 


 
 
Kristin Llewellyn pictured
 LAKE COUNTY 
Kristin M. Llewellyn
Family & Community Liaison
(440) 350-2563 X 715