Independent Living Services

Group homes can provide young adults with a supportive environment to learn and practice independent living skills. Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessments can help young adults and group homes to identify specific areas and skills to focus on. Youth engaged in employment can learn skills related to job retention, budgeting, paying bills, and money management. Programs can teach daily living skills including grocery shopping, preparing meals, self care and transportation. Youth can also learn skills related to problem solving, decision making, stress and anger management, and living with others. These skills are essential for young adults to learn in transitioning to a lower level of care.

Older children and youth in out-of-home care are eligible to receive independent living services to help prepare them for self-sufficiency in adulthood. They can receive these services while they are living in any type of out-of-home care placement (such as kinship care, family foster care, or residential/group care).

Youth receiving independent living services can be working toward achieving any of the permanency goals (such as reunification, adoption, or guardianship) or they may be heading toward emancipation from (aging out of) foster care to adulthood on their own. Independent living services generally include assistance with money management skills, educational assistance, household management skills, employment preparation, and other services.