Overview of ILP
Independent Living Programs
With the support of DHR, we launched a service in 2010 for older youth who are in foster care and close to leaving the care of the public child welfare system. In our field of service, we refer to this as “aging out” of the system. We acknowledge that most young people who have grown up in the best of situations are not prepared to launch independent and successful lives at age 19, and many young adults are a part of their families’ households well into their 20’s.
CAS provides a variety of services for Independent Living (IL) youth and the professionals who serve them.
Camp Life - August 2-4, 2013 and September 20-22, 2013
Activities of the camp build self-confidence and independent living skills among youth. Campers will participate in closely supervised activities within their small group such as a ropes course, team building activities, talent show, boating, mini golf, field games, and others as a group. All camp activities will provide opportunities for campers to develop relationships with their group leaders and other group members in order to trust and understand each other.
CAS is implementing a variety of methods to improve this communication including a website for youth, professionals and parents, print materials and a statewide texting system.
IL Worker Conference - January 2013
The purpose of the conference is to increase the independent living knowledge of DHR staff and other professionals, as well as to provide scheduled, coordinated activities for networking and learning from peers. The speakers will be a combination of a nationally known speakers, regionally known speakers, youth, SDHR staff, CAS staff, county DHR staff, and others in the field.
For more information about our ILP services, please contact Nikki Freeman at email@example.com or 205-943-5356.