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March 2000Vol. 1, No. 1Report Takes Detailed Look at Federal Independent Living Program

A new report released by the Children's Bureau this month analyzes a decade of State data on the Federal Independent Living Program, which helps young people move from foster care to self-sufficiency.

IV-E Independent Living Programs: A Decade in Review creates a national picture of youth served by States between 1987 and 1997, including their demographic and care characteristics. The report describes the array of ILP services provided and highlights trends and service approaches in the areas of:

  • Educational and vocational training
  • Employment
  • Budgeting
  • Housing
  • Mental health
  • Health care
  • Youth development.

The report recommends ways to enhance the annual ILP reporting process and improve assessment of the effectiveness of ILP services and outcomes for youth served. The report also makes recommendations related to policy and programs that address the following themes:

  • Expanding services
  • Supporting independent living as a continuous process
  • Providing experiential and hands-on activities
  • Addressing the needs of special populations
  • Involving current and former foster care youth in ILP services delivery
  • Collaborating with other agencies and community services
  • Conducting and receiving training
  • Resolving transportation issues
  • Sharing information and promising approaches.

To obtain a copy of the executive summary or full report, contact
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information
330 C St. SW
Washington, DC 20447
800 FYI 3366
703 385-7565

The report is available online at (Note: this publication is no longer available.)

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