Independent Living

Kid with a backpack representing an independent living program client

Experts estimate that 45% of youth leaving foster care become homeless within a year.

The Independent Living Program (ILP) is a federally funded program to assist current and former foster children achieve self-sufficiency, enabling a smoother transition as they age out of the system. These youth may or may not have been in any of our other programs, yet can benefit from the same advocacy and training we offer.

Services available to help youth age 16 – 20 to prepare for adulthood include:

  • Daily living skills
  • High school skills and support
  • Post-secondary skills and support
  • Employment and career preparation
  • Housing resources
  • Money management
  • Decision making
  • Personal growth and social development
  • Family support, healthy relationships
  • Community connection
  • Health education and risk prevention
  • ILP sponsored summer camps 
  • Opportunities for advocacy