Independent Living Program —

The PATH ND Independent Living Program provides skills, knowledge, and support for youth, ages 16 and older, who are transitioning to adulthood and self-sufficiency.

Snapshot


Independent Living Program


Youth Served: A youth-centered, future-oriented program for eligible foster care youth, ages 16-21; former foster care youth, ages 18-21; youth actively participating in the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP); and youth who have a current Independent Living Plan.

Program Model/Services:
  • General Flex Funds — up to $250 per year to provide for non-housing related goods and services such as employment uniforms, driver’s education classes, or auto repairs for foster care youth who meet the following criteria:
    • ages 16-21; former foster care youth, ages 18-21; are actively participating in CFCIP; have a current independent living plan
  • Chafee Education and Training Voucher — up to $5,000 per year and $20,000 lifetime max to support the education and training needs of foster care youth meeting the following criteria:
    • have aged out of foster care; remain in foster care past the age of 18; have not reached the age of 21; have been in foster care for at least 1 year; were adopted from foster care or entered kinship guardianship after age 16 and are not yet 21. Youth who participate in the voucher program on their 21st birthday remain eligible until they turn 23, if they are enrolled and making progress toward completing their post-secondary education program.
  • Chafee Room and Board Flex Funds — up to $1,000 lifetime max to assist with rent, deposits, and utilities for independent living of youth who meet the following criteria:
    • have aged out of foster care; are ages 18-21; are actively participating in CFCIP; have a current independent living plan

Referral Sources:
  • PATH ND
    • PATH Notice of Privacy and Grievance Form
  • North Dakota Department of Human Services
    • 2-way ROL North Dakota State Form
  • Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP)
    • Chafee Current Foster Care Youth (CFCY) Referral Form. Note: CFCIP serves youth based on priority status defined in foster care state policy 624-10.
    • For further information please contact:
      Dawn Pearson, State Chafee Independent Living Administrator
      701-328-4934

NYTD Surveys:
National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) collects data from current and foster care alumni to help advance the foster care systems across the nation. North Dakota encourages youth to participate and offer personal insight as they age out of care.
  • Youth ages, 17, 19, and 21 may be asked to complete a short survey to track outcomes and help improve foster care services.
  • When youth exit care, they are encouraged to provide an email, mailing address and phone number to their case manager or PATH Chafee IL Coordinator.
  • Incentives will be provided to youth who are surveyed.
 

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