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Current Projects

There are several projects that are currently happening in the Independent Living Program that are funded or directly affiliated with the Office of Children's Services. Check out Resources and Links for information on additional resources.

Independent Living Funds are available through the Office of Children's Services for youth in custody and those who were in custody on or after their 16th birthday but have not yet turned 21, who need support as they prepare for the transition from foster care to self-sufficiency. Independent Living Funds can be used to help youth gain the skills, experience, and materials they will need to become self-sufficient adults. More about this.

Education & Training

Education & Training funds available to foster youth and eligible former foster youth for the cost of post secondary education and training. More about this.

Alaska Resource Family Center

The Alaska Center for Resource Families (ACRF) provides training and support to foster parents of youth of all ages in Alaska. They have some special support to foster parents of youth preparing to age out of foster care. They have a wealth of materials and resources for helping build life skills and prepare youth to live self-sufficiently. They host Foster Parent Training seminars throughout the state that include special tracks for preparing young people to live on their own. They also offer support to foster parents who are using the Casey Life Skills Assessment.

Casey Life Skills Assessment

Every young person who turns age 16 in foster care will take the assessment and life-skills goals will be adopted into the transition plan. Many workers and programs are using the assessment more frequently and at other ages as well.

The assessment is very simple, takes only a few minutes to complete and automatically provides an individual report of life skills. It is designed to be taken by both youth and someone familiar with the youth, so that each person's perceptions about the young person's life skills can be compared.

The Casey Life Skills Assessment website also offers a fantastic resource for developing a case plan from the results of the assessment, and is a great resource for foster parents looking for ideas to develop specific life skills.