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Independent Living Program (ILP)

The Independent Living Program (ILP) was authorized by the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999(Public Law 106-169).

The ILP provides training, services and programs to assist current and former foster youth achieve self-sufficiency prior to and after leaving the foster care system.

Who is eligible?

Youth are eligible for ILP services up to the day before their 21st birthday provided one of the following criteria is met:

  • The youth was/is in foster care at any time from their 16th to their 19th birthday.
  • The youth was/is between the ages of 16 and 18 years of age and participating in the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment Program (Kin-GAP).

What are the services?

Some of the services provided through ILP include:

  • Daily living skills
  • Money management
  • Decision making
  • Building self-esteem
  • Financial assistance with college or vocational schools
  • Educational Resources
  • Housing (Transitional Housing)
  • Employment

In California, each county has the flexibility to design services to meet a wide range of individual needs and circumstances for present and former foster youth, and to coordinate services with other Federal and State agencies engaged in similar activities.

Other related sites:


Independent Living Program Policy Unit
Child & Youth Permanency Branch
744 P Street, MS 8-13-66
Sacramento, CA 95814