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Friday, May 13, 2011

What is ILP?

Each state has an Independent Living Program (sometimes called an ILP). It's just for current and former foster youth, and it gives you access to lots of support and services.

Why should I sign up?

Once you're enrolled in the ILP, you can get lots of free stuff. Like help finding a job, money for school, help finding your first apartment, even $$$ to help pay your rent starting out!

Free stuff? What's the catch?

Sometimes you are required to attend classes. But they're free, too, and usually they're pretty helpful.

Who can sign up?

The "Independent Living Program" (ILP) is available in all California counties, which serves youth aged 16-18 in foster care and also helps emancipated foster youth up to age 21. Even if you have already left foster care (or even if you ran away), you are probably still eligible. If you are still in foster care, ask your caseworker about signing up. Even if you have already left foster care (or even if you ran away), you are probably still eligible. If you are still in foster care, ask your caseworker about signing up.

http://www.fosteryouthhelp.ca.gov/Indep.html

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