Independent Living Program (ILP)

Illustration of youth jumping off the ground

The Independent Living Program was authorized by the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-169). The 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.


Who is eligible?

Youth are eligible for ILP services from age 16 to the day before their 21st birthday, provided one of the following criteria is met:

  • 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.

To find your local ILP Coordinator, please refer to the following lists:

ILP County Child Welfare Agency Contact List
ILP County Probation Department Contact List

What are the services?

Some of the services provided through ILP include:

  • Daily living skills
  • Money management
  • Decision making
  • Building self-esteem
  • Financial assistance with college or vocational schools
  • Educational Resources
  • Housing (Transitional Housing)
  • Employment

For additional information on services contact your local county of residence.

CDSS Notifications Pertaining to ILP

All County Letters


All County Information Notices


Independent Living Program Annual Narrative Survey Report

The Independent Living Program Annual Narrative Survey Report is sent out for completion to all counties. The information requested in the report is required by the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, consistent with provisions specified in their annual program instructions (PI). The PI requests details specific to each county’s ILP and transitional housing programs.

The report is completed and submitted to the California Department of Social Services electronically via Survey Monkey, a web-based survey tool. The information gathered through the ILP Annual Narrative Report is used to complete California’s federal Annual Progress and Services Report and the Federal Children and Family Services Plan. The information collected may also be shared with counties and stakeholders, when sharing best practices.

Each county welfare department assigns a point of contact, who receives the unique survey link to complete the report. For county-specific information regarding the narrative report, refer to the 2018 ILP Narrative Report Contact List. For a Microsoft Word version of the ILP Narrative Survey for Federal Fiscal Year 2018, please contact the TAY Policy unit at TAYpolicy@dss.ca.gov.


For Additional Information:

Transition Age Youth PolicyUnit
744 P Street, MS 8-13-78
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-7465
TAYPolicy@dss.ca.gov

Contact Your County

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Transition Age Youth Policy Unit
744 P Street, MS 8-13-78
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-7465
TAYPolicy@dss.ca.gov

For more information: Contact Your County

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