Responsible Living Skills Program is a placement option for foster youth who are dependent aged 16-18 (may extend to age 21 if the youth is participating in Extended Foster Care) who have not had success in other, traditional, state placement. The youth may have been living on the streets or other unsafe locations. Occasionally, youth aged 14-15 may qualify for a RLSP placement.
The Department of Children, Youth, and Families contracts with community based agencies that provide supervised residential/foster Responsible Living Skills. The program encourages positive youth development and teaches youth independent living skills. The program emphasizes the following:
- Competency in independent living skills
- Participation in personal decision making
- Participating in program planning, implementation and evaluation
- Contributing youth's time, talent and skills to the community