Independent Living

The DHS child welfare Independent Living Program (ILP) is designed to assist youths who are or were in foster care to become independent adults. Youth age 14 or older may be eligible for a variety of programs through the Independent Living Program, including:

Independent Living Skill Building Program – Provides training and classes to prepare youth to live independently.

Independent Living Housing Subsidy Program and Chafee Housing Program – Can provide funds to assist youths with room and board expenses, if they qualify.

ILP Discretionary Funds

Chafee Education and Training Grant Program (ETG) – Can provide funds to assist youth with post-secondary education or training.

Services may vary depending on the resources available in your local area. Visit the Eligibility & Services page for more detailed information.

The ILP may also provide the following services:

Educational/Vocational Services:

    • Tutoring/Remedial
    • GED Classes
    • Preparation for Higher Education
    • Driver’s Education
    • Vocational Assessment
    • Special Vocation Training
    • Financial assistance


  • Job Readiness
  • Job Search
  • Job Placement

Support Groups:

  • Peer Groups
  • Youth Networks
  • Retreats
  • Conferences

Life Skills Training:

  • Budgeting and Financial Planning
  • Community Resources
  • Housing Options/Location
  • Legal Issues
  • Health Care
  • Transportation
  • Shopping
  • Emergency and Safety Skills
  • Interpersonal/Social Skills/Cooking
  • Housekeeping
  • Personal Appearance
  • Recreational/Leisure