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Independent Living Skills

Catholic Family & Child Service believes that well prepared adolescents become independent, productive and contributing adults. For many young adults who are too old and have "aged out" of the Foster Care system, success in achieving independence depends upon developing loving and supportive relationships with adults. Specialized staff is there to guide them and teach them during the transition from dependence to self-sufficiency. They work with young adults to plan for school, work and finding their own place to live.
Independent Living Skills (ILS) Program serves current and former foster youth, between the ages of 15 and 21 to help them develop the skills needed to make a successful transition to adulthood.

The program provides skills training and mentoring to teens through group trainings and one-on-one coaching to integrate skills into their daily lives. Advocacy with schools and other service providers is offered to assess needs, along with support and guidance to address barriers to success. Program participants receive stipends for participation and support from other youth and staff as they increase their self-sufficiency.
The ILS Program offers help with:
Money management
Consumer awareness
Vocational goals
Daily living skills
Interpersonal skills


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Laura Riel
Program Manager
Foster Teen Programs
5301 Tieton Drive, Suite C
Yakima, WA 98908-3478

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 Foster Teen Programs