Independent Living Program
The Independent Living Program (ILP), in collaboration with Merced Community College, provides services to youth that are beginning the transition from foster care to independent living. Since these youth often have little or no support outside of the foster care system, they frequently have difficulty transitioning from long-term foster care. Services
ILP provides mentoring and training to foster care youth ages 16 - 21. Foster care youth are provided with the following:
- Assistance with retrieving vital documents - birth certificate or social security card
- Occupational and college prep classes
- Support groups
With Transitional Conferencing, a former foster youth speaks one-on-one with current foster care youth, explaining the challenges ahead and discussing how to overcome them.