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
Educational 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, child care, off-campus housing). The ETV Application and the ETV Worksheet can be found below and are due to the Department by May 31st of each year. Anyone participating in the ETV program by their 21st birthday remains eligible for the program until 23 years of age.
Independent Living Services are contracted through the following providers:
- Elizabeth Murphey School
- People’s Place II
- Progressive Life Center
- West End Neighborhood House
Additional Information about Independent Living Services
- National Independent Living Association
- US Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
DSCYF Independent Living Contact Information
Mailing Address: 1825 Faulkland Rd, Wilmington, DE 19805