Youth entering the Child Welfare system have experienced trauma and loss due to any number of situations involving abuse, abandonment or neglect. Some youth remain in foster care until they reach the age of 21, the transition into adulthood can be a lonely and confusing time. Children & Family Services in collaboration with the youths ‘support team, develop a plan to help prepare foster youth transition into young adulthood. As each youth has their own unique set of goals and needs, the Independent Living Skills (ILSP) program offers trainings, support groups and activities to help youth prepare for adulthood.
This fund provides assistance in emergency situations when there are no other resources available to assist with education, groceries, utilities, and transportation. This fund also provide an opportunity for foster youth to participate and explore interests in music, dance, and other self-enrichment extracurricular activities.