Independent Living Skills (IL) Program

The IL program is a voluntary program for youth who are or were in foster care with DCYF or a tribal court. The program is open to all youth who meet the eligibility requirements below. The youth can be anywhere on the spectrum of transitioning to adulthood. DCYF contracts with local community-based agencies and federally recognized tribes throughout the state to provide independent living skills.

Services may include:

  • Casey Life Skills Assessment (CLSA)
  • Daily Living Skills
  • Educational Support
  • Career Exploration
  • Vocational Training
  • Job Placement and Retention
  • Funding available up to $500 for IL enrichment activities related to the youth's IL goals


Youth are eligible for the IL program if they are/were age 15-17 in an established dependency through DCYF or a tribal child welfare agency and in an out-of-home foster care placement for at least 30 days between ages 15 to 18th birthday. Once initial eligibility is determined, the youth will continue to be eligible.

If a youth enters a permanent plan (returns home, Title 13 guardianship, etc.) after meeting the criteria of eligibility, they continue to be eligible for services from the IL program.

Youth are not eligible if

  • Youth returned home, was adopted, or in guardianship before age 15 (with an out-of-home placement for at least 30 days)
  • Youth is under the age of 18 and in a Voluntary Placement Agreement (VPA)
  • Youth is under a Child in Need of Services (CHINS) petition
  • Youth is placed in a Juvenile Rehabilitation locked 24-hour facility
  • Youth is not a U.S. citizen 

How to Apply

For those youth who meet the eligibility requirement, the caseworker completes the referral form in Famlink and submits the form to the contracted provider or regional IL lead.

Independent Living Coordinator and Provider Contact Information

Independence for Foster Youth Website

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