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:
Services provided through ILP include, but are not limited to, the following:
Are you interested in helping to create change in foster care policy? Do you have experience in the foster care system you’re willing to use to help other youth in foster care? If so, consider applying to the Virginia Youth Advisory Board, SPEAKOUT, which provides input directly to the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) on improving the foster care system. VDSS recognizes that we do better work with the input of those impacted by our policies. We need the voice of youth to make a difference in the way youth are served in the foster care system.
SPEAKOUT (Strong Positive Educated Advocates Keen On Understanding the Truth) is for youth in foster care and alumni (an adult previously in foster care) who are interested in using their voice to provide input on foster care regulations, policy, guidance, and practice concerns, while also building leadership and advocacy skills.
Click here for more information on SPEAKOUT.