In regards to foster care, it refers to children in foster care who become too old to qualify for care. Traditionally, the magical age has been 18, which is when children reach legal adulthood. They might be advised to join the military, or given enough money for a bus ticket to a city of their choice.
Participation in the program is a federal requirement for all youth over the age of 16 who are in foster care or group placement. Each teen receives written information about transitional and adult issues. Ponce De Leon Ave.
The program is designed to help them learn to live independently as adults. While involved with the IL program, youths receive the following services:. Youths who are temporary or permanent court wards are eligible for Independent Living as preparation for emancipation from the foster care system.
In each program we offer, participants build deep relationships with one another as well as our staff that continue to positively impact their lives long after they move on from our programs. More than just a safe place to stay, Ignite utilizes a comprehensive model with supportive services and action plans to ensure youth are on a path that includes personal and economic growth. We believe youth homelessness is too often invisible. Whether through direct street outreach or enagement in schools or with community partners, Ignite rises up to connect with youth experiencing homelessness that may not find us.
Inwe created the Independent Living Programs, to help older teens develop a high level of self-sufficiency as they transition from dependent to independent living. These programs are overseen by our program director, Bryan Block. The three programs include:.
Ward Home provides Supervised Independent Living SIL programs to more than 60 teens ages at any given time at three sites, one each for teen girls, teen boys and teen moms. The Ward Home statistics are impressive. Eighty percent of Ward Home teens go on to post-secondary education, compared to just seven percent of the national average.
Ignite offers a comprehensive continuum of services to young people between the ages of 14 to 24 who are unstably housed or experiencing homelessness. We work with each young person individually to help them overcome trauma and hopelessness, while working toward becoming a self-sufficient adult. Our holistic model includes transitional and independent living options, as well as community-based programming to connect with and support youth in crisis—all trauma-informed, evidence-based, and culturally sensitive.
For teens who lack family support, successfully transitioning to independence often is a scary time fraught with obstacles. Independent-living programs are designed to help teens successfully transition to independence. The large majority of ILPs are designed prepare children of the foster-care system for life on their own.
The program provides less structure and supervision than residential treatment with services and supports aimed at preparing youth for self-sufficiency. Our array of services include basic and daily living services, life skills training, therapy services, psychiatric and psychological care, educational services, recreational services, health care, religious and cultural services and specialized services. There are two settings in which youth can participate in the Independent Living program — Cluster Site and Scattered Site.
IL is a voluntary program for youth that are aging out of the foster care system. This program is designed to teach young people necessary life skills that will help them live a safe and productive life prior to emancipating from the foster care system. It is the goal of this agency to assist youth in understanding the importance of personal accountability, responsibility and self awareness.