The Department provides independent living services to assist youth, ages 14 and older, who are in foster care, and youth who have exited care after their 18th birthday but have not reached age 21. Services are designed to promote self-sufficiency and responsible living for young adults. Participants receive training in Life Skills and Personal Development, mentoring, tuition assistance, and support with transitional living. Participants may also qualify to receive needs-based stipends through ASSIST (Achieving Self Sufficiency & Independence through Supported Transition) to help with living expenses.

Educational and Training Vouchers

Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) provide financial assistance for eligible youth to pursue a post-secondary education or training program. Eligible youth are youth who aged out of foster care at age 18, or youth who exited foster care after the age of 16 to adoption or guardianship. ETV funds can be used by students to cover the costs related to attendance at a post-secondary education or training program and can include direct costs (i.e. tuition, books, campus housing) and indirect costs (i.e. transportation, childcare, off-campus housing). ETV funds are available to eligible youth up to the age of 26 and participation is limited to a total of 5 years. The ETV Application and the ETV Worksheet can be found below and are due to the Department by June 15th of each year.

ETV Application

ETV Worksheet

Resources

Independent Living Services are contracted through the following providers:

Additional Information about Independent Living Services

DSCYF Independent Living Contact Information

Mailing Address: 1825 Faulkland Rd, Wilmington, DE 19805
Telephone: 302-633-2638
Email: carrie.hyla@state.de.us