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What is the Independent Living Program (ILP)?
The ILP is a Program in the Department of Children and Family Services that is designed to help youth who are 16 years old but not yet 21. The goal of the Program is to assist youth in foster care transition successfully to a life AFTER foster care. Youth are helped in the area of life skills training, education, employment and housing. To learn more about the Program, call (213) 351-0100 or (213) 351-0101 or visit the website: www.ilponline.org. The ILP is also called the Emancipation Program.

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Who do I talk to if I have a problem?
It depends. If you are in foster care and having a problem, you can either talk to your Children's Social Worker (CSW), attorney, or foster parent.

It is important that you tell someone so that people can help you. You can also contact the DCFS Ombudsman office at (626) 938-1763 or the State Ombudsman office at (800) 847-1602 or visit www.fosteryouthhelp.ca.gov.

If you are ages 16 and older, you can contact the Emancipation Program Ombudsperson, Berisha Black at (626) 229-3829.

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My case is terminated. Can I still get help?
Yes. Even if you are a youth who had been in foster care anytime after the day of your 16th birthday, you are eligible for assistance in the areas of housing, employment, life skills training and educational assistance. Contact the Emancipation Program staff at (213) 351-0100 or (213) 351-0101 or visit the website: www.ilponline.org.

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