Independent Living (IL) Program

The IL program is voluntary and is open to all youth who meet eligibility. The youth can be anywhere on the spectrum of transitioning to adulthood. The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (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 or older in an establish dependency through DCYF or a tribal child welfare agency and in an out of home placement for at least 30 days after their 15th birthday. Once initial eligibility is determined the youth will continue to be eligible until their 18th birthday.

If a youth enters a permanent plan (return home, Title 13, etc.) after meeting the criteria of eligibility they can receive services from the IL program.

Please note: Youth are not eligible for the IL program if they achieved a permanent plan of return home, guardianship or adoption before they met the initial eligibility criteria above.

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.

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