Support Through Age 21!
Foster youth are eligible to receive services through the Independent Living Program (ILP) at the age of 14 and may continue receiving services until age 21 if they are in the custody or placement responsibility of a local department of social services. Qualifying placements include those in foster homes, residential treatment centers and group homes.
Fostering Futures enables LDSS to extend foster care financial and social support and services up to age 21 for two groups of young adults who reach age 18 on or after July 1, 2016:
- Youth who are in foster care when they reach age 18; and,
- Youth who were in foster care at the time of commitment to the Virginia
Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and are released from DJJ after
age 18 and prior to turning 21.
Services provided through ILP include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Educational: Assistance in completing high school, general education degree and higher education, including assistance for tuition, admission fees, supplies, equipment, tutoring, etc.
- Vocational Training: Job training/readiness, job search and placement and other related services to prepare youth to become self-supporting, or that increases performance/functional competency.
- Daily Living Skills/Aide: Assistance and training on budgeting, housing, money management, career planning, procurement and/or provision of any services or items which facilitate establishing youth in an independent living arrangement; e.g., household goods, supplies, services, insurance, utility turn-on, etc. Daily living skills may be provided by local social services staff, others involved in the youth's care or through negotiation or contract with a resource person or entity.
- Counseling: Individual and group.
- Other Services and Assistance: Training, meetings, conferences, retreats, workshops, relating to building competencies that strengthen individual skills and foster successful independent living.
- Integration/Coordination of Services: Collaborative efforts with other agencies.
- Outreach Services: To attract eligible youths