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Independent Living Program (ILP)
Overview
The Independent Living Program (ILP) assists foster care youth ages 14-21 in developing the necessary skills to make the transition from foster care to adulthood. Services include activities that are based on a written assessment of life skills. Contact Lisa Roseboro, Family Services Supervisor, at (757) 664-7761

Skills Training
Personal Development
  • Self-Esteem
  • Communication
  • Financial Literacy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Decision-Making

 Self-Sufficiency
  • Career exploration
  • Job skills
  • Money Management
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Legal issues

Eligibility
Foster children are eligible to receive services through ILP at the age of 14 and may continue to receive services until the age of 21. Services may be extended to youth after they have been discharged from foster care; if they meet the age criteria, age 21 is the cut-off for services.

Services
ILP services include, but are not limited to:
  • Educational: Assistance in completing high school, general education degree and higher education including tuition assistance, admission fees, supplies, equipment and tutoring.
  • Vocational Training: Job training/readiness, and job search and placement.
  • Daily Living Skills/Aide: Assistance and training on budgeting, housing, money management, career planning, procurement and/or provision of services or items that help establish youth to live independently.
  • Counseling: Individual or group.
  • Other Services: Training, meetings, conferences, retreats and workshops that relate to building competencies.

Education and Training Vouchers (ETV)
Designed to help youth aging out of foster care with the education, training and services needed for employment.