Foster Care Youth Living Skills Project Independence
Project Independence is a comprehensive, non-residential program designed to prepare youth between the ages of 14-21 who are in foster care, or discharged from foster care, to live and work independently in the community when they are no longer eligible for foster care. Download brochure. Youth participate in individual counseling and group workshops provided by Project Independence to develop independent living skills. In addition, the program works with other community service agencies in order to help each young person with individual living needs and goals. The program works closely with foster parents as well as the young people by including home visits and supportive services on a regular basis. Foster parent training and support groups are offered throughout the year.
In a continuing effort to prepare high school graduates in Family & Children Association’s programs for successful independent living, a Scholarship Fund Program was established in 1985 to assist those youngsters who qualify with stipends for college or technical school. Independent living skills training is provided as follows:
- Aftercare support services
- Aftercare/alumni support group
- Community resources
- Foster parent support program
- Home/financial management skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Scholarship program
Support services are also available to Project Independence participants after discharge from foster care in the community. These services include:
- Referrals to community-based services peer support groups
- Continued financial aid assistance through the scholarship program
Project Independence does not discriminate because of race, creed or national origin. There are no charges for any of the services. Project Independence is funded by the Nassau County Department of Social Services and the Suffolk County Department of Social Services.
Project Independence Nassau
31 Main Street Hempstead, NY 11550
Project Independence Suffolk
4400 Veteran’s Highway Holbrook, New York 11741
Email: LAhwah@familyandchildrens.orgProject Independence is a comprehensive, non-residential program designed to prepare youth between the ages of 14-21 who are in foster care, or discharged from foster care, to live and work independently in the community when they are no longer eligible for foster care.