The Independent Living Program (ILP) 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.

In California, each county has the flexibility to design services to meet a wide range of individual needs and circumstances, and to coordinate services with other Federal and State agencies engaged in similar activities. Youth and Family Programs provides ILP services in Butte, Shasta, and Tehama County.


Youth are eligible for ILP if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • The youth was/is in foster care at any time from their 16th to their 19th birthday.

  • The youth was placed in out-of-home care by a tribe or tribal organization between their 16th and 19th birthdays.

  • The youth is a former dependent who entered into a kinship guardianship at any age and is receiving/received Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payments (Kin-GAP) between the ages of 16 and 18.

  • The 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.

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ILP services include, but are not limited to:

  • One on One casework

  • Life skill workshops

  • Post-secondary education assistance

  • Employment assistance

  • Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessment

  • Human Trafficking/CSEC education

  • Financial Literacy

  • Goal setting and Incentives

  • Parenting support

  • 1st aid/CPR certification

  • Youth-led services and leadership opportunities

  • Assistance with accessing community resources

  • California Youth Connection

  • Permanency- Identifying lifelong connections

  • Housing connections (THPP-M, THPP-NMD, THP Plus)

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