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 Independent Living Program

Independent Living

 Overview

The Independent Living Program (ILP) was authorized by the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-
169). This federal and state funded program provides training, services, and benefits to assist current and former foster
youth in achieving self-sufficiency prior to, and after leaving, the foster care system.

The Placer County ILP is a collaboration between the Placer County Office of Education (PCOE), Child Advocates of Placer County (CAPC), and the Children's System of Care (CSOC). ILP delivers high quality services in the community where transition-aged foster youth (ages 14-21) are living and learning.​

 Information

 Eligibility

Youth are eligible for ILP services from age 14 to the day before their 21st birthday, provided one of the following criteria is met:

  • ​Youth was/is in foster care at least one day after their 16th birthday

  • Youth is a former dependent who entered into a kinship guardianship at any age and is receiving/received Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payments (KinGAP) between ages 16-18

  • Youth is a former dependent who entered into a Non-Related Legal Guardianship (NRLG) after attaining age 8 and is receiving/received permanent placement services

  • Youth is between 14-15 years with an open dependency case (in placement) & attending school or living in Placer County (*if youth remains in out of home placement at least one day after their 16th birthday, youth will remain eligible for ILP services}.

If you are unsure if the youth meets the ILP eligibility criteria, please reach out to their Social Worker, Probation Officer, or email Placer ILP.

For the referral process, please reference the FAQs at the top right of this page.

 Program Components

Service Delivery

  • ​Case Management: meeting 1:1 with the youth, attending team meetings, and other collaborative opportunities

  • Workshops: virtual zoom sessions focusing on valuable life skills, local resources and programs, and other learning & growth opportunities

  • Enrichment Activities: events, field trips and tours to build community and connection

  • Community Resource & Referral: support navigating local resources and services

  • CASA/TAY Mentorship: promoting having a positive and healthy adult support person

  • Casey Life Skills Assessment: measures the independent living skills youth need to achieve their long-term goals

  • Incentives: opportunities to earn money and/or gift cards for attending and participating in workshops, meeting education and/or employment goals and other milestones/events

Areas of Focus

  • ​Personal Development & Resiliency: self-care, maintaining healthy relationships, communication, decision making

  • Employment: career planning, job readiness, informational interviews, access to local employment programs

  • Education: college & financial aid applications

  • Housing: exploring local housing options and specific transition aged youth (TAY) funding

  • Transportation: addressing transportation options

  • Health & Wellness: physical, emotional, mental health

  • Financial Independence: banking, budgeting

  • Accessing Important Documents: birth certificates, identification cards, proof of wardship letter, and other documents

  • Other Daily Life Skills: such as computer literacy and online safety, youth advocacy and foster youth rights, pregnant and parenting, LGBTQ

 Documents & Resources

 Contacts

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Michelle Graf

Program Manager

(916) 251-9208

Email​

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Jessica LeFohn

Staff Secretary

(530) 745-1467

Email​

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Javier Mercado-Aleman

Student Support Practitioner

(530) 830-2321

Email

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Kelly Klinstiver

Student Support Practitioner

(530) 217-3603

Email



 FAQ's

How are youth referred?

Youth are referred to Placer ILP by their county social worker and/or probation officer. Their worker will submit an ILP referral form, along with a Transition to Independence Living Plan (TILP) that is completed with the youth, and updated every 6 months. If a youth no longer has a social worker/probation officer, and still qualifies for ILP services, they can self-refer by reaching out to Placer ILP directly. Email or call 916.251.9208

​How long can youth receive ILP services?

If a youth is referred at age 14 or 15, they will need to qualify again at the age of 16 to remain eligible until age 21. Once a youth is eligible for ILP services, at or after age 16, they will always be eligible and can access services until their 2ist birthday - even if their court case closes.

What if a youth moves from Placer County to another county/state?

ILP services are typically provided in the county in which the youth resides. If a youth moves outside of Placer County, the Placer ILP staff will work with the social worker/probation officer to provide a warm hand-off to the ILP in the new county of residence.​

Does ILP provide housing?

If a youth is a Non-Minor Dependent (NMD) receiving extended foster care/ AB12 benefits, ILP staff will work closely with the youth and their assigned social worker/probation officer and team, to explore housing providers and options that meet their AB12 compliance. If a youth is not eligible for, or participating in AB12 services, Placer ILP will explore housing resources and options that are available to the youth - including helping to submit referrals to local housing agencies, providing affordable housing resource list, and other funding sources that may be available for current, or former, foster youth.

How does a youth join ILP workshop sessions?​

Placer ILP offers weekly zoom workshops and monthly in-person events. Most of the information is provided on the monthly workshop flyer (under Documents & Resources tab). For the zoom link or specific meeting location information, please have the youth reach out to their assigned ILP worker.​​​


 Event Spotlight

PBIS  Tier I Training

Independent Living Program Workshops

Take a look at the numerous workshops to support the PCOE Independent Living Program. All workshops are held via Zoom.

Download the workshop calendar.​ ​

 Quotations

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​Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be. 

​― Rita Pierson​