Independent Living for Children 
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Independent living services are designed to help youth 15 to 21 years of age gain the skills necessary for successful transition from out-of-home care to living independently in the community. The June 2000 Independent Living for Children in Out-Of-Home Care study found that youth exiting care at the age of 18 are especially vulnerable to physical and sexual victimization, unemployment and underemployment, homelessness, incarceration and public assistance utilization in higher numbers than youth who had not been placed in the out-of-home care system. Independent living services ensure that all youth placed in out-of-home care receive basic living skills training and are provided ongoing assistance and support upon exiting the system, up to age 21.

Last Revised: June 16, 2008

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