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Independent Living Teens

Mission Statement:

To assure that the youth in custody over the age of 16 are valued and have a voice, as they are provided opportunities to obtain the skills, resources and permanent connections necessary to become self-sufficient with the support of their community. 

Vision Statement

The goal of the Independent Living Resource Department is to provide youth in agency custody, 15 ½ years of age or older, the opportunity to receive support, guidance and resources necessary to transition into adulthood.  Independent Living Resource Social Workers, (ILR SW), assist youth in achieving the five Chafee goals of: Education, Employment, Savings, Housing and Community Mentors.  The ILR SW’s are geographically assigned to all Units within the Department of Children and Family Services.  The ILR SW serves as a “resource” to the Worker of Record and the assigned teen for the purpose of assuring youth in care/custody become prepared to achieve and succeed independently upon emancipation. 

What to expect from an Independent Living Resource Social Worker (ILRSW)…

  • Provides all youth in care/custody with an Independent Living Assessment. 
  • Develops the Independent Living Plan based on the results of the completed IL Assessment, along with input from the youth, caregiver, and worker of record. ­
  • Attends meetings, including but not limited to: Semi Annual Reviews, Family Team Meetings, Team Decision Making Meetings (staffings), department & collaborative meetings, school and placement planning meetings or other forums in which input from the ILR SW can support the youth’s goals and plans. ­
  • Acts as a consultant to agency staff on IL and teen issues and available resources. ­
  • Conducts face to face visit with assigned teens on a quarterly basis. ­
  • Provides information about financial assistance available to high school students, graduates, college students and emancipated youth.
  • Assists eligible youth in completing applications for FAFSA, ETV and the College Bound Program. 
  • Conducts Life Skills Classes/Workshops and refers youth to available classes to suite youths IL needs. ­
  • Makes referrals for youth who are eligible to be placed in Independent Living settings. ­
  • Coordinates activities for teens sponsored by CCDCFS & Community Agencies… i.e. TAG/yc, College Fairs, Resource Fairs, Graduation Ceremony, Teen Panels, Teen Holiday Dance, and Thanksgiving Dinner etc… ­
  • Coordinates and provides transportation services for eligible youth including RTA passes if eligible. ­
  • Provides ongoing case management for post custody youth until the age of 21.  
  • Permanent Custody Teen Specialist Roles