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 Independent Living Program (ILP)

Napa County Department of Social Services offers the Independent Living Program (ILP) to current and former foster youth. ILP focuses on helping youth gain the basic life skills and information needed to become successful self-sufficient adults. ILP provides mentoring and training to foster care youth who were in foster care during the age of 15 1/2 - 18. Youth ages 16 and over whom are in foster care, or were in foster care on or after their 16th birthday, are eligible for services up to the age of 21.

The Department of Social Services provides ILP services to enable youth to achieve self-sufficiency prior to leaving the foster care system by providing independent living skills assessments, support training, services, and a written transitional independent living plan is designed for each participant to meet the goal of being self-sufficient.

ILP Services include:

     
  • Educational Planning
  • Career/Job Planning
  • Computer Training
  • Social Skills Training
  • Social Security Card, Birth Certificate and California ID Card Applications
  • Budgeting and Money Management
  • Banking Information
  • College Applications
  • Financial Aid Applications
  • Apartment Hunting
  • Tax Forms
  • Resumes
  • Job Training
  • Housing Assistance Program
  • Transitional Housing Program for emancipated youth (coming 2008)
  • Pregnant and Parenting Foster Youth Teens
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    Services

    Napa County ILSP is under the direction of Voices, a partnering agency in Napa County. Voices offers three kinds of services:

    Workshops: These ongoing 2-hour training sessions cover various basic living skills and are presented by community experts. Typical topics have included budgeting, communication skills, safe sex, job retention / interviews, college campus tours, financial aid / Extended Opportunity Programs and Services, landlord / tenant issues and routine car care.

    Special Events: These day-long events are designed to enhance self esteem and build specific skills.

    Individual Services: These include a 1-on-1 assessment and a written Plan for Independence, assistance with financial aid forms and college applications, emancipation information and assistance and job search advising. The Coordinator can also assist youth in obtaining their birth certificates, California ID cards and other documents.

    Incentives

    To encourage participation, the program provides incentives. To encourage youth to finish high school, eligible youth who are active in the program (meaning they have attended at least six events) receive a household start-up kit containing brand new dishes, sheets, pots, pans, a phone and many other items as a gift upon graduation.

    Extended Foster Care (EFC)

    Extended Foster Care is a supportive service per Assembly Bill 12, that extends Child Welfare Services from age 18 to age 21. These young adults must agree to remain dependents of the court as NMD's (Non-Minor Dependents) and must meet certain criteria to receive EFC services. For more information click here.

    Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus)

    Transitional Housing Program-Plus provides financial and supportive services to young adults between the ages of 18 and 24. Most THP-Plus recipients reside in SILP's (Supportive Independent Living Placements). Monthly payments are made directly to any given young adult for rent, utilities, transportation, etc. Part of the THP-Plus payment is put into a trust for future needs. Young adults may receive a maximum of 24 months of THP-Plus services (not necessarily sequentially), as long as criteria are met.

    Adoption

    The Napa County Adoption Program, under Child Welfare Services (CWS), works to develop alternate plans for a permanent, loving family if children cannot reunify with their parents. It also provides adoption services to children in out of home care with CWS.

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