- Reached the age of 18 while in licensed foster care, but is not yet 23 years of age. A young adult is considered to have been living in licensed care on the date of his or her 18th birthday if the young adult was in the legal custody of the Department on the date of his or her 18th birthday AND
- Is not in Extended Foster Care (EFC) pursuant to Section 39.6251, F.S.* AND
- Is not in Postsecondary Education Services and Support (PESS) pursuant to Section 409.451(2), F.S.*
*Typically this program is used as a bridge in or bridge between EFC or PESS. Aftercare requires a plan to include specific activities for the young adult in order to make a successful transition.
Services may include:
- Mental Health
- Substance Abuse
- Job and career skills training
- Temporary financial assistance for necessities
Because Florida’s Child Welfare System is comprised of CBC Lead Agencies which combines the outsourcing of foster care and Independent Living services, eligibility is determined by staff at the local level, specialized in Independent Living services. This design provides community ownership over the programs and services designed to help older foster youth and young adults who have spent time in Florida’s System of Care.
For More Information
For questions regarding eligibility visit:
- Florida’s Independent Living Resource Center, https://www.danielkids.org/our-programs/floridas-i-l-resource-center/ serves as an information clearinghouse to address all areas of Independent Living Services
- 1-844-ILYOUTH (844-459-6884)