Child Welfare Services

Independent Living Skills

Independent Living Skills (ILS) assists current and former foster youth develop skills and access community resources to help build self-sufficiency.

Foster youth ages 16 to 18 years old who are in out-of-home placement receive services from County ILS staff. Non-Minor Dependent (NMD) youth ages 18-21 and former foster youth receive services from ILS contracted providers. ILS services are available to eligible current and former foster youth up to age 21.

Through close interaction with an ILS social worker and case manager, foster youth are encouraged to develop skills necessary to be successful in living independently. ILS eligible youth receive support in many areas including:

·         Making positive life choices

·         Educational support

·         Finding safe, affordable housing

·         Managing and maintaining your home environment

·         Applying for scholarships and obtaining financial aid

·         Financial planning, budgeting, and money management

·         Accessing health and community resources

·         Job Readiness and seeking/maintaining employment

For more information, you can contact us:

By Phone: 866-457-4636.

Or send us an email.

You can also find more information at the ILS Website: https://www.fosteringchange.org/