Fresno County Independent Living Program (ILP) BY: Manila Vang California State University, Fresno
Fresno County's Independent Living Program provides services to Fresno County's probation and foster youth. The services and activites of ILP are designed with intent of providing services to current and former probation and foster youth from ages 14 to 21.
ILP’s Mission Statement
“… to provide them with a sense of community and belonging while providing them with the necessary skills and support to obtain self-sufficiency. ILP Social Workers assist in the development of a transition plan, academic advising, employment referrals, housing assistance and are advisors for EXPLORERS and YONI.”
Who does it serve?
Current and former probation and foster youth from ages 14 to 21
an estimation of 750 foster youths attend FUSD and 300 are ILP eligible.
Services and Programs
-Fresno City Life Skills Classes
-Fresno County Explores Post 300
-California Youth Connection
-Youth Organizing New Ideas (YONI)
Services and Programs continue…
-Transitional Housing Assistance
-Financial Aid workshop
-Planned Parenthood workshop
Services and Programs continue…
-High School Graduation Celebration
-Baby City event
-Food Stamp linkage
-Financial Incentives for completing classes, education and other assistance
ILP youths attend a workshop.
Obstacles with the services and programs
Many youths who age out of the
system do not follow up or participate
in the services and programs offered.
Therefore, housing is the number one
issues for these youths, which leads to
Obstacles with the services and programs continue…
Another challenge ILP face is finding placement for foster youths who have severe mental health issues, emotional/behavioral issues, and who are sexual predators.
From top is highest position:
ILP Social Workers
Office Assistance & Social Worker Aide
Population at risk
Aging out foster and probation youths
Any foster/probation youth under the age of 18 because of limited services for in-care.
In 2000, black families made up about 5% of the county's population. However, nearly 25% of children in foster care were black.
Make all ILP youths aware of benefits and services available
To lead an integrated network of community partners that supports, protects and strengthens children and families.
To promote a system of best practice in partnership with the community, committed to prevention and early intervention, that ensures child safety, permanence and stability, family well-being, that is proactive, strategic, outcomes-based and fiscally responsible to the children and families served. Fresno County Department of Social Services will fulfill this mission by having the Fresno County's employees and community partners provide assessment, intervention, prevention, placement and mental health treatment services for infants, children, youth and families of Fresno County.
Social Work Practice
To be able to work with ILP youths, the worker has to be a social worker III or practioner.
Code of Ethics
Serve all foster and probation youths no matter what background they hold.
Lobby Day takes place every spring; advocate for foster/probation youths who are in the child welfare system.
YONI and EXPLORE
Social Work Values
Engage youths to make healthy and smart decisions for their benefits.
Providing each youths with the highest quality of client services
Treat all youths with respect
Empower youths to advocate for self
Instill a life of normalcy (eg. sleepovers, freedom of religion, usage of telephone, etc.)
It is the youth’s choice whether or not they participate in ILP services.
Independent living program . (2010, October 5). Retrieved from http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/DivisionPage.aspx?id=21143