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Independent Living
Fact Sheet
IL Services – Services and supports that are designed with and provided to youth.
 Each youth in foster care, ages 14-21, is eligible for Independent Living Services through the Virginia Department of
Social Services (VDSS). These services are available regardless of a youth’s goal or placement.
 Services offered include:
Life skills training/workshops Independent Living Needs Assessment (Casey Life Skills Assessment)
Mentoring Academic Support
Career Preparation Employment programs and/or vocational training
Supervised independent living Housing Education and home management training
Educational financial assistance Budget and financial management training
Health education and risk prevention Family support and healthy marriage education
Room and board financial assistance
IL Skills – Skills youth develops to achieve self-sufficiency and interdependence.
Foster Care Goals:
 Permanency Goal – Return home, adoption, placement with relatives
 Permanent Foster Care – given when a permanency goal is no longer an option; youth has established a significant
relationship with a foster parent
 Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement – the goal if a child is going to grow up having significant physical,
developmental, or emotional limitations so that they need to live in a supported group or secure setting long-term.
IL Stipend – The standard statewide payment for independent living (IL) arrangements is a maximum of $644.00 per
month. Payments are intended to assist the youth in covering the costs of rent, utilities, household equipment, food,
clothing, personal care items, insurance, recreation and transportation. For the youth over age 18, the IL stipend may be
used to support the youth in enabling him or her to remain in the foster parent’s home.
IL Contract – a signed agreement between a youth, his/her social worker and other parties such as foster parents,
counselors and other supportive adults involved in the youth’s life. The contract outlines responsibilities of each party to
help with the youth’s successful transition to adulthood. When a youth turns 18, the youth and social worker write an IL
contract to continue IL services. If a youth lives in an independent living arrangement before turning 18, an IL contract
may be used.
Supervised IL – A youth who lives in an apartment
setting and is continuing to develop independent living
skills.
IL Arrangement– A physical place where the older
youth resides; it does not have 24 hour adult supervision.
Visit us on the web at www.vaprojectlife.org

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IL_Fact_Sheet

  • 1. Independent Living Fact Sheet IL Services – Services and supports that are designed with and provided to youth.  Each youth in foster care, ages 14-21, is eligible for Independent Living Services through the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS). These services are available regardless of a youth’s goal or placement.  Services offered include: Life skills training/workshops Independent Living Needs Assessment (Casey Life Skills Assessment) Mentoring Academic Support Career Preparation Employment programs and/or vocational training Supervised independent living Housing Education and home management training Educational financial assistance Budget and financial management training Health education and risk prevention Family support and healthy marriage education Room and board financial assistance IL Skills – Skills youth develops to achieve self-sufficiency and interdependence. Foster Care Goals:  Permanency Goal – Return home, adoption, placement with relatives  Permanent Foster Care – given when a permanency goal is no longer an option; youth has established a significant relationship with a foster parent  Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement – the goal if a child is going to grow up having significant physical, developmental, or emotional limitations so that they need to live in a supported group or secure setting long-term. IL Stipend – The standard statewide payment for independent living (IL) arrangements is a maximum of $644.00 per month. Payments are intended to assist the youth in covering the costs of rent, utilities, household equipment, food, clothing, personal care items, insurance, recreation and transportation. For the youth over age 18, the IL stipend may be used to support the youth in enabling him or her to remain in the foster parent’s home. IL Contract – a signed agreement between a youth, his/her social worker and other parties such as foster parents, counselors and other supportive adults involved in the youth’s life. The contract outlines responsibilities of each party to help with the youth’s successful transition to adulthood. When a youth turns 18, the youth and social worker write an IL contract to continue IL services. If a youth lives in an independent living arrangement before turning 18, an IL contract may be used. Supervised IL – A youth who lives in an apartment setting and is continuing to develop independent living skills. IL Arrangement– A physical place where the older youth resides; it does not have 24 hour adult supervision. Visit us on the web at www.vaprojectlife.org