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Independent Living Services and Programs

The John Chafee Independence Program is a federally funded program designed to teach youth aged twelve (12) and over who are in out of home care or who were formerly in care, the skills they need to be self-sufficient when they leave care. These services are provided to all eligible youth regardless of permanency goals. To sign up for an independent living program contact the Independent Living Coordinator in your region.

Independent Living Coordinator Regional Map

Eligibility

12-15 year olds committed to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Youth 12-15 years old who are committed to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services are eligible for “soft skills” training through foster parents and private child care agencies.

Youth 16-18 year olds committed to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Youth 16-18 years old who are committed to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services are eligible for formal life skills training through independent living coordinators and private child care agencies.

18-21 year olds Committed to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Youth 18 to 21 years old who extend their commitment with the Cabinet are eligible for formal life skills  classes, mentor and youth leadership opportunities, tuition assistance and a tuition waiver.

18-21 year olds who left care because they turned 18
Youth 18 to 21 who left care because they turned 18 are eligible for formal life skills classes, mentor and youth leadership opportunities, a tuition waiver, education training voucher, and assistance with room and board.

Adopted out of state’s care through a public adoption on or after 16th birthday
Youth who were adopted by a non-relative on or after their 16th birthday may be eligible to receive the  mentor and youth leadership opportunities, education training voucher as well as the tuition waiver.

Adopted out of state’s care through a public adoption
Youth who were adopted by a non-relative through a public adoption at any age may be eligible to receive the tuition waiver.

 

Last Updated 5/6/2013
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