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 Steps to Independent Living             LA County Department of Children and Family Services and Department of Probation
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 Steps to Independent Living             LA County Department of Children and Family Services and Department of Probation

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Independent Living Program (ILP) Funding

The Independent Living Program (ILP) provides financial assistance to current and former foster/probation youth, 16-20 years of age. You may receive the help you need as a student in high school, college, or a vocational program. You may also qualify for services if you are working or need assistance with dorm or rent. To receive ILP assistance, you must be ILP eligible. ILP is here to help you get what you need:
  • Stability;
  • Economic Well-Being;
  • Social and Emotional Well-Being; and
  • Education and Work Force Readiness
To learn more about ILP services, click here. To receive ILP services contact your Children's Social Worker, Transition Coordinator or Deputy Probation Officer and complete your Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP).

Legislation and Funding:

The Independent Living Program was initially authorized in 1985 Public Law PL 99-272. In January 1988, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) established an administrative unit called Emancipation Services (now known as Youth Development Services Division) to implement and administer the Independent Living Program for youth in Los Angeles County, including probation youth. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 PL 103-66 permanently authorized the Independent Living Program effective October 1, 1992. The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 established requirements and funding for foster youth services. Independent Living Program (ILP) financial assistance is authorized by the Federal Independent Living Program, and administered through the California Department of Social Services, and authorized by the Los Angeles County Auditor Controller. Available funds are based on the amount of money allocated to Los Angeles County by the State every fiscal year. These funds are augmented by other private and public sector monies and programs that serve the county's population of transitioning youth. For more information on the legislative history of the Independent Living Program please contact NFCAP, the National Foster Care Awareness Project at www.connectforkids.org.

The Youth Development Services Program receives a set budget every year from state and federal government resources. Resources are distributed according to need and not as an entitlement. Due to budget limitations, please note the services and benefits described in this website are available to LA County ILP eligible transitioning youth, ages 16 to 20. Funds are distributed on a needs basis until all funds spent for the fiscal year (July 1st through June 30th). There are services currently provided to youth, ages 14 and 15 (participation in these programs do not result in automatic ILP Eligibility). ILP services are provided when funding is available. All services provided are voluntary.

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