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Independent Living Program

In 1986, the federal government launched the Independent Living Program (ILP) to enable state child welfare agencies to meet the needs of youth transitioning from the foster care or juvenile justice system to independent living.

The Ventura County Human Services Agency’s Children & Family Services staff provides Independent Living Services to foster and emancipated youth between the ages of 16 and 21.

The goal of the Independent Living Program is to help foster youth reach their personal and professional goals during their transition to self-sufficiency.

This website provides information and resources for current, former, and prospective ILP youth, child welfare workers, probation officers, foster parents and other caregivers, advocates, and supporters of youth in foster care or on probation: